One of the biggest lessons anyone with an international prophetic ministry probably has to learn both quickly and urgently, is not to take themselves too seriously. I’m not speaking from experience.
Humour absolutely is essential for longevity in the ministry.
There are many ministries that take themselves very seriously they are professional in everything that they do. And ‘slickness’ is the thing that comes to mind.
John Piper’s book “Brothers we are not professionals”’ will not be on their bookshelf not because they do not agree with Piper’s excellent, “God is most glorified, when we are most satisfied in Him’ theology, but simply because they are professional.
They take themselves seriously, and market their ministry profusely.
But where is the middle ground? We want to do things right, with excellence but the focus of everything we do, is not ourselves but Christ who loved us, and gave Himself for us.
Paul commended Timothy to study and show himself as a workman who need not be ashamed. All ministries, in fact all Christians, should be encouraged to pursue this great quality. (2 Tim 2:15)
But here we are speaking of more. We want the Church to function really well, not because the Church is God’s great plan for bringing the gospel to the nations, but because we want to honour God. Legalism suggests to us time and time again that our best clothes, best songs, best prayers, best Bibles and best manners are saved for Sunday morning. You can see that demonstrated easily and don’t have to look too far for it! But grace convinces us gently and kindly, that God is truly worthy of the very best that we have. It is not about us but all about Him!
Some prophets have forgotten that, especially the ones that have become famous in their own eyes!
Prophets are called to equip the Church for its works of service serving God, reaching the lost and worshiping God. Whenever prophets willingly draw men to themselves and their glossy ministries they have missed the mark. (Ephesians 4:12)
It’s easy to ‘take a pop’ from the shadows, but I have made my own mistakes over the years, and so I know what is needed is not condemnation but grace. Not everyone who is promoting their own ministry is a charlatan, some do it out of ignorance or lack of maturity. There are others who say the right words, “He must increase, but I must decrease”, but their hearts are far from meaning what they say. And it is a wrong concept anyway Jesus did not tell the Church to decrease, but told them that they are a light set on a hill! But John the Baptist’s message does sound religiously good!!
Here’s the solution do everything with all your heart, as ‘unto the Lord’, walk in humility preferring others before yourself and obey everything that you see the Bible requires of you. It’s a massive challenge, but with God’s ever-gracious help, it is something that we can do.
Don’t take yourself seriously but do take to heart everything God speaks to you!! (Ezekiel 3:10)
Don’t give up!