MOVING INTO SOCIAL MATURITY
In order to experience social maturity, you must articulate your chief aim in life coherently, logically, and specifically. List your faith goals. Do not just go with the motions of life. Instead, ask God for wisdom for where He wants you to be. Begin by accurately assessing and distinguishing where you are currently in your own life. It may be a painful process to recognize where you are, because it will require you to look into what is missing. Moreover, it will require you to identify areas in your life that lack authenticity and integrity.
Growing in social maturity is a choice you have to make. Times demand making choices, especially on how you are supposed to live your life. Day in and day out you make choices about the unavoidable and inescapable—whether you recognize it or not. On a similar note, being a prophet in the marketplace is about being highly strategic and purposeful in your choices.
Now, how does an amateur prophet differ from a mature one? An “amateur” prophet differs from a “mature” prophet in the degree by which they pursue the fulfillment of their calling. This pursuit is proven by their ethics, behavior, and the quality, quantity, and value of their invitations, requests, and offers.
Mature prophets seek to transact with other mature ministers. They observe their actions, moods, attitudes, and states of minds to adapt their willingness to make or accept invitations, offers, and requests. They recognize that they have so much more to learn and to grow.
In order to gain access to centers of influence in higher ecologies, one must demonstrate that one can act in similar ways. Therefore, you must have the same level of ethics, ability, capacity, and knowledge in order to fulfill valuable transactions.
The state of mind of the mature prophet is that which allows him to take responsibility and to take care of the needs of others. The mature prophet is not in the marketplace to be served and to be praised; he is there to be a shepherd for the followers of Christ. Mature prophets are distinguished from their amateur counterparts, as they are able to look beyond their own needs to cover the needs of others, just like adults distinguished from their children. We see that Gehazi and Jonah were amateur prophets because of how they acted and behaved in their ministry. They considered mostly their own needs, hence were unable to cover the needs of others.
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