I am no longer in leadership, but recently, I was discussing with someone how we used to choose Elders, Deacons and other leaders within our church. I explained that we didn't look through "natural" eyes. We looked for someone who walked with Jesus in daily communion and fellowship. We didn’t want people who stored up a bunch of Bible verses; we wanted people who had an experience — that Jesus was a reality in their life and not just a theory or a belief system they held onto — or as my pastor says, they were "Revelated!" In other words, they had to have what we called “heart”: Heart for the Lord and heart for His people.
What impressed me more than anything is when tears well in someone's eyes every time they talk about the Lord. I am not moved by how well someone can teach a Bible story. I find more interest in people who “live” the Word, than to people who “know” the Word. I want to meet people who have walked with the Lord through all the “stuff” of life. People who have been forced to rely on His Word when things were challenging. That means more to me than someone who can quote a bunch of Bible verses, wouldn’t you agree?
I have deep respect for people of "authentic" faith; Faith that is lived out in a daily experience of wrestling with the Word and straightening their heart. It is easy to sense a believer who walks with the Lord. They aren't out to impress anyone and struggle to accept the praises of men. I have met a backyard full of people who think of themselves as "spiritual," but when I meet someone of true spiritual maturity, they will shudder at the thought that anyone would classify them as such.
I once spoke to a genuinely gifted Psalmist. The music he created was astounding. But when I told him how much I admired his gift, he shrugged his shoulders because he never gave it a thought: "Everyone has their particular gift and calling, this just happens to be mine."
I realized I was the same way. People often compliment me on something I have taught or share and how I had "such a wonderful gift." Hmm, I never thought about it much. Years ago, the Lord came to me, and just like he told Ezekiel, said, "'Son, eat what you see. Eat this book. Then go and speak to my people.' As I opened my mouth, he gave me his book to eat, saying, 'Son of man, eat this book that I am giving you. Make a full meal of it!' So I ate it. It tasted so good — Just like honey." (Ezekiel 3:1-4)
I honestly admit that I don't have anything to offer people except whatever anointing (presence and power) of God that is in my life. I'm not flashy or unique in any way; I don't sing or play an instrument. In fact, I used to always sit in the front row, and everyone presumed that was because I was so "spiritual." The reality is I didn't want to force anyone to bear the cross of listening to me sing. You see, I don't do anything that might thrill people or entertain them, I merely speak the truth of God's Word as he reveals it to me. I try to give people some biblical insight on walking in fellowship with our Lord. I hope to show you the way in living victoriously and obeying God in practical ways. I try to teach God's Word in ways that help people in their everyday lives. I don't know all the people who are touched by my simple words, but whoever I do reach, it is by God's grace and anointing alone.
God's anointing is His presence and power, and it provides us the ability to do with ease what we could never accomplish with any amount of struggle on our own. All of us need God's anointing. You don't have to work at a so-called "spiritual" job to need God's anointing and God's grace. We need it to be good parents, we need it to have successful marriages, we need his anointing to be good friends, and literally in everything we do. Are you a business owner? You need God's anointing and Grace to have a successful business. Are you a school teacher? You need God's anointing and Grace. Whatever task our Lord calls you to, you need His anointing and Grace. So, ask for it. Yep, it's that simple.
Father, you have called me to _________ (fill in the blank with whatever task the Lord has given you) and I am completely honored that you have chosen me, but I'm not qualified, you could have chosen someone much more gifted to do this . . . But I accept the calling, and I also receive your anointing and the Grace that I need to fulfill this task.
I humble myself before you this morning and admit on my own, I'm not qualified for this, and frankly, I don't know why you chose me, of all your children, but you will never call anyone to a task without providing the needed gifts. So, Father, you said in your Word for us to come confidently and boldly to the throne of grace and mercy, to receive mercy and find the Grace in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16), so here I am. I am coming to you boldly and confidently to receive the Grace to complete the task you have given me. Anoint me, Father, with the oil of your Spirit and I will not waiver or hesitate out of fear of my inabilities and past failures. Today, Lord, I give you thanks and all the honor and glory. You are my Savior, my King, my Redeemer. To you belongs all the Glory and Honor.
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