You have an anointing on your life.
Let that sink in for a minute.
There is an anointing of God on you. There is an anointing of God on your life, on your gifts, and on your assignment. You are not where you are by accident. God ordained it.
John tells us this in 1 John 2:20: "But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth."
What does that mean? And what does that mean for you?
Who is Anointed?
Biblically, we know of three groups of people who were anointed: kings, priests, and prophets.
The Bible says we are a royal priesthood, a kingly priesthood. We will reign with Him, sit at His right hand. We are kings and priests.
One interpretation of the New Testament office of pastor is a synthesis of the office of priest and prophet. As priests, you stand before God on behalf of the people. As a prophet you stand before the people on behalf of God.
Kings, priests, and prophets are all anointed. As a pastor and a believer, you are all three.
What is an Anointing
But let's back up a bit. What is an anointing anyway?
An anointing is something better described than defined. The idea of anointing goes back to an original prototype in Exodus. God gives detailed instructions about preparing anointing oil in Exodus 30. Among the ingredients are myrrh, calamus, and oil. You can describe your anointing as following this prototype.
There is something about your anointing that is like myrrh. Myrrh is a gummy sap that comes from the bark of a tree. It drips spontaneously, unexpectedly. You don't have to cut the bark back to get it - it drips automatically. If you are under the tree, the sap will fall on you. All you have to do is remain in place.
If you're in position, if you're standing under someone with an anointing, that anointing will start to flow into your life. You don't have to go to it. And if you are in position, that anointing can fall on someone standing under you.
The anointing described in Exodus includes calamus. Calamus is a reed-like plant. It's a stalk that grows in a strange place. It grows near water. It doesn't grow in it, and it doesn't grow on dry land. It grows straight up in the mud.
Something about anointing is the same way. Even when life puts you in the mud, something about the anointing gives you the power to stand, to stay up straight, to look at God. Even in circumstances that would normally take someone out, God can nourish you. God can keep you standing tall, even in a place where others would fall.
The anointing in Exodus includes oil. The Bible says the unity of God's people is like the oil that is poured over the head of Aaron. When God's people gather, there is a shifting in the atmosphere. When we come together in God's name, an anointing atmosphere is created. It is charged with the anointing presence of God.
The oil in the anointing is poured over the head. It begins there, and flows from there. There isn't a separate anointing for the hands, for the knees, or for the shoulders. The only anointing the shoulders would get is that they are in right relationship with the head. The anointing flows down to that which is in right relationship with the head. In the same way, your anointing flows through those who minister through you, that you serve and walk with.
Abide in Your Anointing
God's anointing is like myrrh: it falls upon you when you are in the right position.
God's anointing is like calamus: it allows you to stand even when you're in the mud.
God's anointing is like oil: it flows from the head to everyone who is in a right relationship.
A few verses after John tells us that we have an anointing, he gives us an imperative: abide in that anointing.
We can abide in our anointing in terms of place. We do it by remaining in position, where God has put us. When we do, the anointing falls on us like myrrh.
We can abide in our anointing in terms of time. By abiding in our anointing, we continue to stay in place. Even when life dumps us in the mud, we allow that anointing to keep us upright.
And finally, we can abide in our anointing in terms of character. We abide by refusing to let the world change who we are. Our anointing flows over our lives and onto others when we keep ourselves from being squeezed into the world's mold.
You have an anointing on your life. When you understand it, accept it, and abide in it, you open yourself to God's purpose, to new hope, and to a fresh vision.