I have met many people in my life who have a prophetic calling upon their lives. These people are often frustrated, mostly because of the pain and anguish of messages. Every message comes with a burden and urgency, and some messages weigh too heavily on the messenger. We often take for granted the responsibility that comes after you walk out of the glory of God and yet still face your humanity. Moses begged God to rather kill him, Elisha wanted to die, and many other prophets have often succumbed to the weight of messages. In all our prophetic training, no one teaches us how to bear a message.
Can you imagine the dilemma of young Mary? A teenage girl that has been given a message to tell her religious community, her husband and the world that she carries an unusual message, she carries a divine seed of illegitimacy for a world that does not yet know how to receive it? Or picture young Samuel who has to rebuke and pronounce judgement on his mentor and father. Eli was the only man that Samuel had known as a source of instruction and strength. It never gets easier when you have a prophetic mantle on your life, it will cause men and women to run away from you and to despise you. Prophets were not popular for great tidings, they were popular for rebuke and instruction. This is why scripture paints for us the picture of a hated people, though generations celebrate your words of encouragement, they will stone you when you rebuke them.
In my life, I have learnt that it is important to never allow people's praise to get to your head. I have learnt to protect my heart from the ego that rises up in moments of praise. The same people that applaud you today will seek your death when they disagree. Jesus often preached and crowds would gather around him to listen. He would attract listeners in thousands who would follow him in dereliction of simple responsibility. Mothers forgot to pack their food, the poor would follow in reckless abandon, even those who hated him would come to find fault with his words and many times he fled in fear that they would stone him. Prophets are familiar with this. The earth is drenched with the blood of the prophets; since the foundations of the earth, men have hardened their hearts and responded to information with hostility and fear. Scripture teaches us that since Abel the first prophet, the prophets have always been persecuted and slaughtered Luke 11:50–51. It is through our actions, our words and our discourse that we have created a heavy environment for those that are sent.
We have persecuted prophets through our criticism, vilification, disregard, finger-pointing, separation, disdain and our dishonour. Even in his own home town, GOD was not accepted by his community because he was dressed in the skin of a familiar Jewish boy. There is no greater tragedy than the seed that withers and dies because the hard soil refuses to open up. I have seen many prophets bleeding because of neglect, abuse and persecution.
One of my key agendas in life is not only to develop strong prophetic people but also to teach the soil to receive the seed. Our responsibility is to cultivate an awareness in people to understand how to receive a word from God. In our misalignment with God, we often forget that those that were sent are simply messengers, some of them are sent to rebuke us and that is the heart of God for us. No messenger is ever greater than the message and no messenger should speak his own personal message. Even in all that, I have a message for the prophets. Don't you dare stop! Speak your message with integrity and purity, do not be afraid to stand in the truth of what God has spoken. Pronounce it articulately and confidently, and even if you do take all necessary measures and precautions, you may still face persecution.
The weight of the message on your heart may never be understood, it may invite insults and attacks against your credibility and name, it may create enemies is familiar places... This is not new, you're definitely not the first, not all mantles are easy to bear, you are designed to carry this and you have already won!