What are you planning to give people this Christmas? Did you buy them the latest or greatest — ?
Maybe you’re a person that thinks of gift ideas so easily that this time of year is no problem for you.
Maybe you have no idea what you can give people, and so Christmas is a time where you worry about over/under gifting.
How about a word of prophecy?
Perhaps you hear this word and think of the Old Testament guys and gals who predicted (accurately and without fail) future events concerning God’s people and God’s coming Messiah (Micah 4.8, 5.2, Isaiah9.2–7 for example). Let’s be clear: that is not what we are talking about. That ministry is no more.
However, we do read in 1 Corinthians 14.3 that those who speak a word of prophecy speak to someone for their upbuilding, their encouragement, or their consolation.
“On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.”
In contrast (on the other hand) to the gift of tongues which is personal and private (1 Corinthians 14.2, 5b, 6, 9, 19), prophecy is for others. Prophecy is using your words in accordance with God’s Word to build people up, encourage people, and to console people.
So, this Christmas season, many people are so concerned with many things. Has there every been a season where so many are concerned with so much? As we move into a new world and a new way of living, be a person who gives a word of prophecy, a word of upbuilding, a word of encouragement, a word of consolation.
Second only to the unmatchable gift of God’s expressed love to you in the person of Jesus, I’m not sure there is anything more we can give people than love, upbuilding, encouragement, and consolation.