To anoint is to rub or smear with oil. We hear of someone being "anointed," and we recognize that what is being referred to is the Lord's covering over this individual with His oil. That He has rubbed and smeared them with His anointing, placing a unique touch on them to do what only He is giving them the ability to do.
What could top that, right? To feel the Lord on you as you do what He called you to do, knowing that He is dripping off of you on to others. I mean, our Lord Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah...the Anointed One. There is something so powerful about being covered in the oil of the Lord.
But is that enough for us to long for the anointing? To want to operate in it and to actually see results of His touch on our lives is amazing, but I challenge you to dig a little deeper. I challenge you to think of King Saul and connect his story with something Jesus said:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name and in Your Name drive out demons and in Your Name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!'"
Apparently driving out demons, prophesying and performing miracles in the Name of Jesus is not enough to become His forever. Being anointed is awesome, but it doesn't win the Lord's heart. As I mentioned, let's take a glance at the first king of Israel. Saul was "anointed" king by the prophet Samuel. He was handpicked by God to lead Israel, yet this anointing did not maintain his connection to God.
King Saul was given specific directions concerning the nation of the Amalekites, yet he only partially obeyed God's orders. When confronted by Samuel, he gave a response that sounds kind of like us sometimes: "But I did obey the Lord..." His partial obedience equaled disobedience. Regardless of the anointing on his life, God was not pleased. Saul's disobedience cost him the kingdom, but more than that...it cost him the Lord's Presence in his life.
The anointing is amazing and powerful, but I never want to begin to think that it can trump obedience to my Father. Dripping with His oil may draw others closer to you, but dripping with obedience will draw others closer to Him.
Father, I want to have Your hand on my life. I want to walk in Your anointing. But more than that, I want to do Your will. I want to be completely obedient to You. The anointing cannot replace obedience. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
1 Samuel 15