The Way I See It, A Pastor’s Perspective

The Anointing

What is the Anointing we hear spoken of so often in Church? Someone might say a Preacher is anointed or has an anointing, or they might say a singer or a song is anointed. The word Anointing only appears three times in the New Testament, all in the 2nd Chapter of 1 John. That word is defined as follows in the Greek. It’s where we get our word Charisma or Charismatic.

Pronounced khris’-mah
from 5548; an unguent or smearing, i.e. (figuratively) the special endowment (“chrism”) of the Holy Spirit:–anointing, unction.

So as you can see, it’s not a thing or a cloud or a mantle, it’s the presence of the Holy Spirit. He rests on and in that person and you’re drawn to that anointing. Whether it be a particular part of a sermon, or a song, or even a singer, for that moment they are anointed, you are caught up in what you’re hearing and you’re captivated. You agree with it, it speaks to your soul. You want to hear it again. You want the experience it brought, IF, you have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you as well. The Holy Spirit in you syncs with them and you’re joined together to experience whatever is being spoken or sung or played.

I could use several examples of what ministers to me. But what may really speak to me may not be something that you equally enjoy. It must be said though, that you can tell when someone is anointed of God and when they are not. It will usually be found in how drawn you are to them. It might be a line or two of a sermon that really grabs you. It might be one particular song from a singer, whereas none of the other songs from that artist appeal to you. It might be a song that, no matter who sings it, has an anointing. One such song would be “Breathe”, but a particularly anointed version is one by Michael W. Smith.

Listen to that version of the song in an attitude of worship and you will feel His presence. What makes that song so anointed is the fact the writer is writing about Him and the holiness of Him, saying they are desperate for Him and His presence. And what makes Michael’s version so anointed is his walk with the Lord, his heart to worship, and the anointing on the musicians, in particular the violinist.

Seek out people who are anointed of God. They will feed you that which your soul requires; and that is more of Him! Seek out anointed music for your worship time. Seek out the anointing itself on you! Strive for the anointing when you preach or sing or play. Strive for His presence and His blessing on what you’re doing. Strive to have His presence felt by those you are in front of. The anointing will remain on them. It will speak to them. It will minister to them. It will change them. And it will change you. When you are in the presence of the Holy Spirit you are far less likely to make it about yourself and more about Him! The anointing does that. It magnifies God. It exalts Jesus. It brings life. Why? Because it is Holy Spirit and He IS life!!
And that’s the way I see it!

Chaplain Mike Upchurch
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