Elisha had suddenly become the anointed man. It is significant to note that the very last miracle of Elijah was Elisha’s first! Aaron too suddenly became the anointed man. When the anointing comes what does it do to anointed?
1. The anointing equips for divine service
2. The anointing sets whoever is so anointed apart unto God: The anointed man is no more common property. He is no more to live unto himself but for God. God owns all that concerns him. He no more speaks his own words but God’s word. John 3:34 “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God.”
3. The anointing brings grave responsibility of walking in separation from all that defiles and is unclean. There must be the purity of the vessel. While the anointing sanctifies and separates the anointed man, he also has to consciously purify himself from all that he knows to be unclean. 2 Timothy 2:20-21, 2 Corinthians 7:1. He no more does what pleases himself, but the pleasure of God – John 8:29.
4. The anointing marks out a man in the midst of the crowd. It represents the mark of divine approval on a man. It is the living evidence of the divine smile on a man. However, whoever is anointed is privileged and at the same time so much is expected of him. He is the man to whom much has been committed!
5. The anointing is that which makes the difference. The anointing makes the difference between the one that is called and the one not called. The anointing is the glory of the call. You cannot be called without being anointed. The one that is not called does not need to carry the anointing; he would not know what to do with it! The anointing is the crown of the call. It heralds the calls on the man’s life – the anointing differentiates clearly the man sent from one who is doing it on his own!
PRAYER: Lord, show me every area I am working against or living contrary to what the anointing is in my life for and help me to adjust in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible in a year: Esther 4:1-7:10, 1 Corinthians 12:1-26, Psalm 36:1-12, Proverbs 21:21-22