KEY SCRIPTURE: John 4:44 KJV” For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.”
The office of a prophet is a very unique one. The prophet is a mouthpiece of God unto His people.2Ki 21:10 KJV” And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying,” The prophet is not just a mouth piece of God, but storehouse of the power of God that manifests God’s works and acts to deliver, bless and restore the people of God. Prophets are God’s instruments to lead His people from the bondage and control of the devil.
This makes a prophet a person of great honor, not a position of pride and manipulation of others but an instrument of God to answer lots of questions of men.
Although every prophet carries such an honor, on many occasions, the very people who are so close to him give him no honour. As a result of this these people do not receive the blessings that God has deposited in His vessel the prophet. Please read Mark 6:1-6. In this passage the Lord Himself went to his home town, and taught the scriptures, yet they questioned where did this one get this power? Is he not from among us? The following was the Lord’s remarks, Mark 6:4 KJV But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. The Lord could not heal and bless the people as he’s done elsewhere,
because of dishonour among His people.
Once a family relation of mine came to me, and informed me about his father who had been bed ridden at the hospital. I told him I would want to do something for his father. I took an handkerchief prayed over it and gave it to him to be sent to the father and he would be well. I added this word to him, ‘when you go don’t tell your father, I gave the ‘mantle’ or handkerchief to you. Just say a man of God gave it to me. Why did I say that? This man knew me from childhood, and would have despised the grace upon that mantle. The brother did as I told him, and the father was discharged a day after sending the mantle.
Dear one, never treat any instrument of God without honor.
The value you place on a thing, will determine the virtue or power that would flow to you.
Never become too familiar with your pastor. Hold the word of God he teaches in very high esteem and your life would be lifted very high.
THOUGHT: HONOUR YOUR PROPHET, SO YOU WOULD BE PROFITED.
1Timothy 4:12 KJV “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
Mark 6:5 KJV “And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching and healed them.”