“Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” (1 Cor. 10:11)

One of the most dangerous things in the church today is a not false prophet. You can often detect them. A self-serving motive will rear its ugly head sooner or later. No, it’s not false prophets…

It’s immature prophets.

Their zeal clouds their timing. They put the cart before the horse, and they end up trampling people. Immature prophets are zealous and impatient, and they equate good common sense with something unspiritual. These are the ones who may get a vision from God, but their impetuous nature causes them to pull the trigger too soon. And when they do, it backfires.

The Bible is filled with raw, unedited accounts of people who had good intentions, but immaturity caused them to end up in an empty cistern. Joseph is one. The powerful Jewish-Pharaoh who single-handedly saved Israel from famine was once an impatient teenager. As you read about Joseph, don’t read the story simply as someone who was betrayed by family and sold into slavery. No. Joseph was once a promising young man whose immaturity got him into trouble early.

Joseph was only seventeen when he received his first vision through a dream. God told him that his father and brothers would one day bow down to his leadership. Impatient and zealous, he rounds his brothers up and announces that they’d better treat him right because one day they’d all bow before him. True as it may be, that probably wasn’t the best time to make the announcement to his siblings.

Poor timing is usually a symptom of an immature prophet.

So where does that maturity take place? David’s life give us a hint.

David was anointed King of Israel by Samuel the Prophet in 1 Sam. 16:13, but it was eighteen chapters later that he actually took the throne. Till then, he would return to shepherding sheep and tending lambs on the backside of the desert. There was still lots of character to develop, struggles to win, and patience to practice. Then we find these words in Psalms 78:72: “From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him to shepherd Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them with his skillful hands.”

“But God called me to be a pastor!”

Maybe so, but in the “fullness of time.”

The best kind of maturity comes before, not after you get a promotion. It begins right where you are. Have you been called to be a volunteer? Volunteer with all your heart. Have you been asked to be a children’s worker? Sunday School director? Excel there.

Don’t rush. Impatience will make you an immature prophet or an underdeveloped leader. There’s too many of these already in positions they got sooner than they should have. Be the best where you are first. Don’t push to the head of the line. It may only find you in an empty cistern with brothers waiting to get a good price for slaves.

Comments 1

  1. The page is good and I will keep on exploring more of
    Them. What are the character of an immature leader in the
    Church or a board meeting? I just want to learn because I
    Am a leader leading others. I want to avoid been an offender
    to the other leaders.
    Yours in service of our Lord Jesus.
    Bishop Freddy Banda.

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