Last Sunday, it was a rare occasion when Deborah and Debby, two prophets of our church, took the stage and joined our Co-worker Drama Team. The drama was livened up as they exercised their Being of acting, it was even wellacclaimed.
Praise the Lord: as our church has entered the flow of “Being”, C-Mo and I decided to release our two prophets from leading departments and taking charge of ministries. Instead, they simply focus on playing their role as a prophet. They are “unbound prophets”. In this way, they have more room to develop their Beings. Then their lives as prophets may flow freely.
For the past twenty years, these two prophets have headed up many ministries. They were diligent in serving. Yet they were greatly stressed and bound by ministries. Having received from God that everyone is to “live out their unique God-given nature,” C-Mo suggested them not to head up any department. This gives them more time to draw close to God and exercise their prophetic Beings. I admit that I struggled with that decision too. But God reminded me that the life and value of ministry is not defined by work. Only when we live out our Being, then we can enter into our destiny.
Recently, I read Ephesians 4:11-12 again, “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”. In the past, being ministry-orientated, we tended to interpret these scriptures as “the Five-fold ministry”. Actually it is talking about five “Beings”, lives given by God – apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. When we let people exercise their Being, we are in fact perfecting the saints and edifying the Body of Christ.
Thank God for His leading. When the two prophets put ministry aside, they have made swift changes: they serve happily and effortlessly. Moreover, as they have more time to attentively listen to God’s leading, they take more initiative to prophesy. During Morning Devotion this week, I mentioned that when Hezekiah trusted God steadfastly, grace and salvation would certainly come. Then Deborah took the initiative to work with me in response time. She prophesied that the pandemic would disappear overnight. That the economy of Hong Kong will skyrocket. God looks after the church and He is with Hong Kong. Out of her Being, Deborah released such a powerful prophecy, leading us into the flow of the Holy Spirit and making the insight of Morning Devotion more real.
Dear brothers and sisters, we must imitate King Hezekiah – in adversity, we continue to steadfastly trust God. Let us keep praying and declaring that “COVID-19 shall be over soon.” The dawn shall certainly come to us! ■【2021.11.07】