I have been blessed to have met many great Saints of the church. One man was a brother in the Lord with the church I attended when I lived in Denver, Colorado. He was in his mid-sixties and served as an usher. Thus, he was one of the first people I met when I visited the church. During every service, there was a time of sharing and praise, which I loved. Not infrequently, after listening to everyone speak, this brother would stand up and give a word of encouragement. He often quoted the Bible then added a quotation from Shakespeare or other classic literary author. I was always amazed at his prodigious memory. But even more impressive was his choice of words, always the right word of encouragement for each person’s circumstances. It was my introduction to the truth that so many others in the church already knew.
He was a prophet!
But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
1 Corinthians 14:3 (NJKV)
The Holy Spirit has given spiritual gifts to every believer in Jesus Christ. Teaching, hospitality, service-the Bible illustrates so many of these gifts within the church family. I have been blessed by many saints who have used their gifts to help and encourage me in my walk with God. I will always remember this dear brother in Christ from Denver. His gift of prophecy encouraged me at an important time in my spiritual development. Thirty years later, the encouragement still burns brightly. No surprise. God’s spiritual gifts are eternal.
Thanks be to God through His Holy Spirit, equipping all believers with spiritual gifts to serve His Church.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.