Prophets Still Needed

prophets of GodProphets Still Needed   

It was [Christ] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,  to prepare God’s people for works of service (Ephesians 4:11, 12).

Scripture: Ephesians 4:11–16
Song: “Chosen and Sent by the Father”

I grew accustomed to reading the witty sayings on a church sign over on Division Street. Sometimes they posted upcoming services or community news. One Friday, while driving home from work, I glanced over my shoulder to read the message for that day. Instead of a catchy quote, I found this announcement: “Prophet from Scotland preaching tonight—7 PM. Come hear God’s Word.”

I usually expect to hear ministers, teachers, and evangelists speaking from the pulpit. So when someone mentions prophet or apostle, I become a little skeptical. In retrospect, I can see that my perspective isn’t supported by today’s verse.

Old Testament believers needed prophets, and, according to Paul, we still need them today. The Holy Spirit engifted prophets to covey spiritual wisdom, point out iniquity, and edify the body of Christ with their words. Prophetic ministry helped the first century church grow and become an effective witness to a lost world.

Lord, since the laborers are few and the harvest great, please raise up people for the ministry, regardless of titles we give them. In Christ I pray. Amen.

“Prophets Still Needed” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2010 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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7 thoughts on “Prophets Still Needed

  1. Lynn Hare

    Beautiful, Charles. The prophetic is the heart, mind, and word of the Lord that uplifts, encourages, and sees with supernatural eyes. Where would we be without edification, exhortation and comfort for the Body? Where would the other roles of the fivefold be without the seeing, hearing, sensing, and dreaming that prophets bring to each God encounter?

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  2. Charles Earl Harrel Post author

    Thanks Lynn. Ah, the prophetic, a ministry close to the heart of God. And so needed. May God raise up even more of these specialists for anointed outreach in and outside of the church.

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  3. SirEcho O. Seed

    Hello Charles,
    Surely I am NOT an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor, a teacher, even an assistant pastor, a volunteer, an usher, an alter worker, nor do I sing in a choir. Most assuredly I have no worthy credentials. I am powerless within myself to do much of anything. However, today I met a young couple, maybe in the early forties, by chance, while leaving a place we had stopped for dinner. I shared with them a message I had received way back in 1975, 41 years ago. I wrote the message, seven words, on the bottom of a new grocery bag, so they would be able to take it home with them. It was as fresh today, as the day I had received it.
    My question is this. What does that make me?
    SirEcho

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    1. Charles Earl Harrel Post author

      Dear SirEcho. Thank you for your comment. In regard to your question, “What does that make me?” That makes you a faithful servant of God. Concerning Ephesians 4:11, 12, those titles (positions or ministries) are ones that Christ has given the Church, not me, not others. “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11 NIV). May God bless your faithfulness to Him and your outreach to others.

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  4. SirEcho O. Seed

    Hello Charles,
    If my understanding is correct concerning the words Jesus spoke, a person who does what I did is considered to be a “follower” of the commandments of Jesus, not Moses.
    SirEcho

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    1. Charles Earl Harrel Post author

      Sorry, SirEcho, but I do not see your point. I said nothing about Moses in the devotional, I only referenced Old Testament believers and prophets as an “in kind” comment. A prophet of God is a prophet of God, regardless of dispensation, ministry, position, or calling. However, prophets and prophetic ministry were evident in the Old Testament, during the kingdom teachings of Jesus, in Acts, and in the New Testament era.

      I am not a debater of the finer points of doctrine, or whether someone (or you) is a servant or follower of God. The difference between a follower and servant of God may only be a matter of semantics. This devotional blog was never meant to be a discussion forum. There are many other forums that are better suited for such discussions.

      May God’s blessings rest upon you.

      Dear Lord, since laborers are few and the harvest is great, please raise up people for the ministry, regardless of titles we give them. Amen!

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