How dry we are when we do not have the prophetic! How desperate we become for just a tidbit, just a scrap, from someone’s table. There is a feast to be had, there is a supply that we can drink from. We have had the food fraud recently, and it makes us ask ourselves searching questions about the quality of what we are given.
When we take of the Word, we are going to the Source. We are bypassing the production lines and the processing that attempts to make it more palatable. Videos, music, soundbites, sermons, all conspire to serve up a decent meal to us, or look as if they are serving a decent meal. May we never have a FSA investigating the quality of the spiritual food served up at churches!
We need to allow the word to speak to us. The prophetic is so rich because it brings the word to life. The word can be arid, lifeless, just the bones, notional and theoretical, or yearning after past glories. The prophetic says to us: ‘This is for now, this is here, this is where we are going, we are heading somewhere!’
Drinking of what the Spirit is saying, I want today to get closer to Jesus. I want to leave behind my need for structure and for explanation. Explanations only become necessary when something has happened. I want something to happen that we have to explain! If we are faithful, he will come. If we make space, he will come. If we fill the temple with stalls, with product, with shouts and cries and noise and activity, he will either sweep us all away, or not even arrive.
How is your temple today? Is it bustling with the commerce of a consumer-driven faith? The eye never has enough, and everything that the eye sees it wants. So what are you seeing today? Are you seeing an image of a Christian that you want to appropriate? Is it merely a fashion? Is it simply a trend that you want to be in? Or are you only seeing Jesus, always seeing Jesus? The Lamb of God, the Lion of Judah who has triumphed, who is able to open the seals, who has broken every chain and who promises to break EVERY chain over your life if you say yes to him.
He tells us, Christians that is, those who know him and have heard his voice, to be earnest and repent. And then he says that he stands at the door and knocks. Hear his voice, open the door. He will come and eat with you. Let’s go straight to the Source and eat with Jesus. Food has never smelled so good. Food has never looked so good; and it has never tasted so good.
Paul tells us to be eager to prophesy. Prophesy the ‘now’ over your soul; prophesy the ‘now’ over your brothers and sisters in Christ.