Every man desires to possess insights, to hold the answers, and acquire teachings which bring him to the next level. A man wants to speak with authority. He aspires expertise in his field. A fellow and former employee once strived to get a doctorate in safety inspection so he could be the “go-to guy” in that field. Aristotle says “all men by nature desire to know” (Okay, they may not desire to learn!). Many would be a college professor if possible. Some train for years at great expense to stand in front of a classroom.
This is the Prophet in each man. Prophets appear continually in the stream of human history.
Every male wants to share what he knows and demonstrate some degree of competence. Some look anxious to proclaim a message. A man assumes that role instantly in the break room, in the narthex of the church, in the bar. He can find a teaching platform anywhere. As a Christian male that anointing given at Baptism grants power to become a Priest, a Prophet, and a King. As Prophet one possesses privilege and power to teach by charge of the Gospel. “Go into the whole world and preach the good news to every creature…” (Mk 16:15).
This clear and bold commission remains; and each man must assume this directive.
Any can realize the prophetic role of Christ and share in the gifting of the Savior: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind...” (Lk 4:18-19). That’s right, a Prophet’s words impart sight to the blind and set the captives free. Ultimately, Christ is the message. And His Prophets speak in His name, by His inspiration, and through His Spirit. When a man hears an impacting message, he hungers to share it.
The prophetic summons impresses the human heart and sets in motion a missionary impulse.
Upon hearing the Word of God, Philip and Andrew yearn to share it right away. A discovery of life-changing truth impacts the soul and moves the Prophet to share it. Andrew sets out straightaway to find his brother Peter. Captured by the power of the truth, Philip goes to his comrade, the skeptic Nathaniel. Instead of arguing with the doubter—which is usually ineffective anyways—Philip simply bids “Come and See” (Jn 1:45-46). Boldly he takes Nathaniel to the source, as if to say: “Just listen and give it a chance.”
Above all, spending time with the Word of God moves the heart to embrace divine truth.
My brother Stephen (RIP 2015) remains one of the most noble men I have known. Years back I borrowed his Bible. Every page was signed and dated at least five times: Old and New Testaments. Takes a little effort to be the Prophet. But truth brings righteousness, communicates power, and converts nations. As St Paul says, “the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit…” (Heb 4:12). While called to proclaim truth “in season and out of season”, we have been alerted, “No prophet is accepted in his own native place” (Lk 4:24).
Despite the cost, transform yourself and others by giving ample time to God’s Word and by embracing your summons as Prophet.