I have a friend named Paula. Her relationship with Christ is much like the Apostle Paul’s: one to imitate. Her level of abandonment far out runs her trust in God. She knows that her capacity to trust God does not precede her obedience but rather follows her obedience to His voice. She is a faithful friend who believes in what I hear from God more than I do most of the time. Paula is someone who prays a prayer in the morning and has her answer before the end of the day. I, however, pray a prayer in the morning and I don’t see an answer for about 3-5 years. We joke a lot that she must be near-sighted when it comes to prayer. Me? Well, I am painfully far-sighted.
Farsightedness is a common characteristic of someone who majors in a prophetic wiring or gift. The Discovering Your God-Given Gifts study has a 25-question profile for each of the seven gifts. They ask you how true each statement is about you. Your answer will have a value between 0 and 5. The Renaissance staff ended up having one married couple each scoring over 75 points out of 100. They also had one young man with a score much like my own, a 98.
A Prophetic Profile
Individuals who are prophetically wired quickly identify good from evil and possess a very low tolerance for compromise. They are very persuasive in their communication styles and, sorry, they are sometimes blunt. They are insightful with very colorful interior lives. Prophetically wired people need only a few friends and they value alone-time as an optimum environment in which to hear from God and pray. They are eager to see their own blind spots because they know the hindrance personal sin can create in relationship to God. They live life by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God and sin cuts off their “food” supply. Without a revelation of God’s perfectly fitted love they will suffer with low self-esteem, especially as children. Children who have very high standards and are very hard on themselves may be wired with this gift.
Prophetically wired people encourage repentance and the embracing of difficulties as the fast track to growth and intimacy with God. One of the statements on the profile suggested they grieve deeply over the sins of others. This stirred an interesting conversation between those of us who scored high here. As we shared the issues that grieve us most we found agreement that our grief was less about people breaking rules and more about people missing their potential. When you understand that the definition of sin is missing the mark then you can better understand their grief. Remember, prophetically wired people are far-sighted. If sin leads to death than that is where you will find the source of their grief as well as their passion for God’s people. Their grief is over the death of a person’s potential, the loss of Godly influence, the erosion of God-given dreams and relationships.
When you look at the lives of the biblical prophets you will find some pretty hardcore believers. Frequently God called them to speak to His people on His behalf. There was a rhythm to the words that God gave them to speak. Their words would declare God’s love, confront the missing mark (sin), paint the promises of a hope and a future, warn of consequences, and remind of redemption. That’s the kind of counsel you can expect from your prophetically wired friends. Their answers to you will always direct you back into a right relationship with God. If they are mature in the gift they will draw your attention to who God says you are in contrast to any revealed sin that may hinder or harm your future. More than likely they will direct you foremost to prayer.
The Prophetic Fit
This is the person you want on your team when the going gets tough. This is the person you want on your “friends” list when you need someone tell you the truth without the sugar. When God engages their farsightedness and shows them your potential they become a like a dog with a bone. They are a real contender for your future. They won’t let go of your destiny even when everyone else thinks you’re a fool. They will stay committed to your destiny even when you stray. Why so intense? No one values the voice of God like the prophetically wired person. They see themselves in partnership with the declared will of God and they take that job very seriously. In their eyes people are either in the will of God or out of the will of God, there is no kinda-sorta in their book.
When it comes to their place in the church community the prophetically wired individuals act like the “eyes” of the Body of Christ. The keep the church centered on prayer and obedience. They teach others how to hear the voice of God and discern the will of God. Like Jesus, they speak what the Father speaks. They easily read the hearts of men and, of course, they pray a lot. They are personally challenged to not be judgmental but to remember grace and mercy. They have to work on their delivery because they feel conviction so strongly. They can be pushy to get others to mature and can be intolerant of anothers perspective that is not like their own. God in His great wisdom only allows them to see in part in order to best promote interdependency within His Church. All the gifts bring a unique perspective and should be more highly regarded than your own. Together we are gifted to bring a bigger picture of what God is up to.
If you think you major in this gift you are going to find joy in teaching young adults and adults on prayer, prophecy, the will of God, and embracing difficulties to gain intimacy with Him. If you have not found your assignment in intercession you will be highly frustrated with this gifting. God shares His secrets with the prophets and prayer is the greater work of bringing Heaven to earth. If you are prophetically wired you may find joy working as an inspector of sorts, a market researcher, a paramedic, a reporter, a teacher of science or drama, a writer, an engineer, a judge, or a minister.
I have a lot of personal experience with this gift and I am considering a part two ??? so we shall “see”.