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Wired to “See”

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”.

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You Shall Love Me

About a year ago my daughter and I were cruising the winding curves and hills of Grove Road. We were exploring a new route to the Mt. Zion Wal-Mart. I always appreciate a new landscape and that you don’t have to leave town to see one. You can pretend you left town, even if it is just for 7 minutes and 25 seconds.

In this particular exploration, a bone brick L-shaped ranch caught my eye on the right side of the road. It wasn’t the home itself that grabbed my attentions, but the landscaping. The new fencing, the framing trees, the full shrubs, and clean edging all had a professional’s touch.  At the front left corner of the driveway, displayed upon a bed of quarried rocks and perennials, were two stone tablet replicas of the Ten Commandments.

It struck me as an unusual choice for a lawn ornament, and I wondered to myself, “What was this family’s intention anyway?” Was it a self-righteousness demanding all men to live up to the commandments, or was it a compassion inviting all men to know the benefits of living for the God Who wrote the originals? Could it have been an aloof pride challenging all men to be like them as though they have “arrived” or more of a memorial to their own humility in effort to appeal to man’s need for a Savior?

Then my thoughts took another turn: What about me? Would I ever display the Ten Commandments in my yard? (That’s to say if I actually had a yard.)  What would motivate me to do such a thing? Easy. My motivation would be praise. We call them the Ten Commandments. God’s introduction, in the book of Exodus 19:5, was more like a proposal, “If you listen to My voice and guard my union with you, you will be Mine and I will be yours.”

Sounds like a wedding vow

Well, in a sense it was. Traditionally we understand the Ten Commandments as a list of demands to prove one’s love. I, however, have had another thought: what if they were more like a profile of one who loves? Could God have voiced the words that best described the characteristics of one who walked with God in love? God longed to be in a covenantal relationship with Israel similar to a marital union. He wanted man to walk in union with Himself once again like they did in the Garden of Eden.

So, were the Ten Commandments set in stone to demand men to prove love, or were they a promise of love’s proof? Answer: Yes. Okay, hang in here with me … We have to keep in mind that God knows the end from the beginning, so let’s consider the end first. Jesus Christ would come to a sin-filled humanity, die, resurrect, and ascend. His death paid our debt of sin. His resurrection opened the way to a new life, a second life. His ascension made it possible for God’s Holy Spirit to penetrate and live in union with our own, the same union God had in the Garden of Eden with man.

Since Christ, it is possible for the very Spirit of God to live in union with our spirits. Yeah! What was impossible for our biblical ancestors is now possible for us. Because His Spirit lives in union with our spirits, we love Him, and because we love, we guard this union. Because of His Spirit we can worship Him alone and honor His name; we can rest and enjoy life with Him. Because of His Spirit we can honor our parents and live a long life; we can choose life and purity in our relationships. Because of His Spirit we can be generous without stealing; we can love truth and not lie; we can rejoice with those who rejoice without lusting for what they have. That was just a paraphrase of the “Big 10” in case you didn’t catch it the first time.

Who is a lover

In John 14:21, Jesus said we would be able to identify those who love Him by their obedience to His commands. In other words, you will know them by their fruit: their obedience to His voice that supernaturally grows from their union of love.  We don’t obey in order to prove love. Our obedience is the proof that we love. In other words, Christians are a race of people who obey from a place of being love not the people who obey in order to gain love.

Okay, now hit reverse and come back to the beginning: It was necessary for God to propose this covenant of ten “I Do’s” before Christ came. It was a necessary work of mercy on God’s part to prove we needed Jesus to help us fulfill our part of the vows. Without the hope of Christ it was only possible to see these vows as a to-do-list for proving love. What it really proved was that we can’t—we can’t love God without Jesus. Shortly after God made His proposal Israel said, “I do.” Then immediately she had an epic failure. She broke the very first commandment and then lived out a history of breaking them all over and over again.

The divine love story continued. God gave them the laws, the judges, and the kings they thought they needed to help them be holy. God also sent His prophets. Jeremiah declares that God wanted a divorce; later, Hosea declares He can’t stop loving His people, even in their unfaithfulness. In that same book God proposes again but this time all the “I do’s” are on Him, and all we have to do is believe He is that good and receive His gifts.

God sending His Son and their Spirit would turn the nature of obedience from “have to’s” into “want to’s.” The Apostle Paul said, in Romans 7, living without God’s Spirit was like doing the wrong things he didn’t want to do and not doing the right things he really wanted to do. We can all relate, right? Then he went on to ask who could save him from this destructive and disobedient nature?  The answer was and still is: the very Spirit of God Who can now finally live in us.

He  promised I would love Him

The Ten Commandments are no longer what I do. They profile who I am and who I am becoming. Sometimes I like to imagine what it would have been like to watch God writing out those Ten Commandments. I imagine Him with that kind of smile only true love can bring, a smile even the best kept secret can’t resist. I imagine Him full of patience writing out these impossibilities with the future in His mind. His finger gently etching each vow one by one as He looked past the inevitable failures and locked His gaze up the inevitable successes. I imagine Him writing, quietly humming a comforting tune like, “You will l-ov-ov-e Me, You will l-ov-ov-e Me.” I imagine the ancient weathered laugh lines around His kind eyes deepening with each wave of Self-assurance knowing, “Yes, there is coming a day when it will be possible for you to love Me like I already love you.”

For me, the Ten Commandments would make a better song of hope and celebration than a strategically planted lawn ornament. I too am smiling as I write. I too have a song humming in my heart. I hope you can hear it in your own heart.  If you are one who finds it impossible to keep the vows, just ask Jesus to come and live out the vows in you. That’s what He died to do … and then sing! He is that good!!


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