Qualified by the anointing

Anoint them [Aaron's sons], as you anointed their father, that they may serve me as priests. And their anointing shall admit them to a perpetual priesthood throughout their generations. (Ex 40:15)

This verse at the end of a lengthy description of brestplates, ephods and robes, turbans and costly stones, cuts straight to the heart of the issue. For all the external garments that marked the priests out for who they were, it was the anointing that actually qualified them to minister before the Lord.

Since we are now a kingdom of priests, and each one has a ministry, whatever area of service to the Lord, his people and his purpose that might be, we should all take note. It is not the recognition, nor anything else that marks you out externally that counts. It is the anointing that qualifies you. Seek the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Once you have that, the anointing itself will "admit" you to the ministry you are called to.


Anna Sacha said...

Amen to that!! The anointing admits us to the ministry and takes us through it to end.

carl said...

I love this post!
I just found your blog through Adrian's. Blessings!

Kev C said...

Chris this is a wonderful post and very evocative reminding me of some scripture I have read recently from Exodus; Ch. 31, v 1-6, where God tells Moses that He has chosen Bezalel from the tribe of Judah to make the sacred tent and its furnishings… ‘Not only have I filled him with my spirit, but I have given him wisdom and made him a skilled craftsman who can create objects of art with gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood.’
As clearly as the building of the sacred tent was of high importance to God at that particular time, so is the part God intends us to play in the coming of His Kingdom now. And as He chose Bezalel, filling him with His spirit to expertly craft objects in precious metals as well as in stone and wood, so God chooses us, filling us with the Holy Spirit and providing us with the tools and gifts necessary to fulfil our part through His anointing and by the means of the ministry He calls us to. In response to this (and I say this more to myself than any other) is our obligation to recognise and celebrate the origins of this gifting and to make good use of it according God’s purpose.