And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him. And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. – Acts 21:8-9
And so this afternoon in a real sense they have something to say to each of us in their death… They say to each of us, black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. Excerpt from Dr. ML King’s eulogy for 3 of the 4 little girls killed in Birmingham AL 16th Street church bombing. ML King Center
I realize the comparison is a bit of a stretch but I just could not get my mind to move beyond it. Philips 4 young daughters and the 4 little girls. Perhaps it is because I am a black woman living in Birmingham or the thought that God can use any one and any way to get his message to his people.
A prophet is defined as one who God calls to give a message to his people, especially during a time of crisis. I think God uses all of us, in our living and our dying to send messages to His people. We all will be called on to use our gift of prophecy. Once or many, many times.
The message from Philip’s daughters would likely have been leading people to Christ and away from the sin of worshipping other gods. The message I receive from the deaths of those little girls is that if we continue to allow hatred to live in our hearts, we will destroy ourselves. Dr. King admonished those gathered at the funeral that day to step out in courage and not sit cautiously by doing nothing while injustice reigns.
Just as God surely called Esther to go unsummoned into the king though she could have been put to death, He is calling each of us to do something. We were each put here, in this moment, at this place, for such a time as this. Please, let’s not miss our moments. Selah…
O, God of all, I pray that we will hear you clearly today and be quick to obey your call. Help us to be strong and very courageous like those who have gone before us. To stand on their shoulders as we serve all your people. Show us the blessings you have for all of us when moved out of our cautious comfort and into our courage. In Jesus name, Amen and amen.
Your turn. What is God calling you to? What comfortable spot is he asking you to move out of? Share your thoughts in the comment section. ~ Andrea