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The Value of Your Anointing

A business leader recently asked a question of a group of men who regularly meet to study God’s Word to understand how to align their identity, calling, and vocation toward the promise of a satisfying life.

He asked, “Do you understand the value of your anointing?”

The idea of anointing is foreign to our modern business vocabulary. Throughout scripture, when individuals were appointed for a divine purpose (such as prophet, priest, king, or leader) oil or perfume was applied as a symbol of identification for the one who was chosen, commissioned, or called.

You should know the answer to this question: What’s my divine purpose? To what end has God called me?

Your answer is personal, and yet Scripture offers us insight into God’s perspective:

“It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned (anointed) us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NLT)

No more oil. As a believer, you are identified as having a divine purpose by the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The next question you should ask yourself, “Is being anointed by God enough?”

The answer: Be satisfied with what the Lord gives, instead of seeking satisfaction in what you want.

It’s a challenge. Even David, a “man after God’s own heart,” struggled with wanting more as the anointed King of Israel. Remember how Nathan rebuked him after his dalliance with Bathsheba:

“Then Nathan said to David, "You are that man! The LORD, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. (2 Samuel 12:7-8 NLT)”

Sometimes we want more, even when we should be content with what we’ve been given.

Recall the story in Luke 15 about the son who wanted to claim his inheritance, while his father was alive. In this parable, the young man is often called the “lost son,” or the “prodigal son."

Such arrogance. This young man had everything, yet wanted more—the inheritance which would have been his after his father died. What kind of cold heart values riches over a relationship? By requesting the inheritance, the son considered his father dead.

When God adopts you into His family, he gives you an "inheritance package.” As a believer, you are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:3).

Your inheritance includes your adoption into God’s family, the purchase of your freedom with the blood of His son, forgiveness and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

In short, you’ve been given everything because God asked Jesus to give up his inheritance. He gave you everything, and you’re an adopted child.

Now, what will you do with it?

Will you use your freedom to serve yourself, or to serve others? Will you spend your time foolishly or wisely? Will you use your talents and resources as a way to get more, or as a way to pour yourself out to further God’s kingdom? Will you pursue profit over the stewardship of your wealth to serve people?

So many choices, and one admonition: Don’t squander your inheritance. Understand the value of your anointing.

Katherine Hanlon

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