Anointed but not Appointed

August 14, 2011 — Leave a comment

This is Part 12 of the A Luke 10 Moment series.

Luke 10:1-13

It is obvious that Jesus Christ was anointed. Not only does His name reveal this (Christ), but physically at the Jordan river, He was anointed. Christ, The anointed, called twelve men to be with Him. Their call was specifically to be with Him, before they did anything for Him.

As these twelve men spent time with Jesus, no doubt, they began to experience the anointing that was on Him. Through relationship, they began to feel power and authority. Yet they were still called to just be with Him.

It is a hard thing to be anointed but not appointed. You can have vision, empowerment, calling, but no specific appointment. You may be in a local church and feel the anointing to do, but as of yet have no appointing from Jesus. Power – but no specific position or place to minister in. What do you do? Start your own church? Step out and make things happen? No. You continue to walk with Jesus and wait for Him to set you up in ministry.

Anointing without God willed appointing is dangerous. It can create loose cannons that try to produce without any God called covering. Anointing without appointing sometimes leads people to get disgruntled with leadership because they don’t feel like they are being used enough (revealing they weren’t ready to be used in the first place).

If you find yourself in this situation, I would recommend that you continue to spend time with Jesus. He never anoints without the intention of one day using you in that anointing. Trust that God is leading your leaders in the right direction concerning your personal ministry. Lead up: by serving and praying for your leadership. Examine your motives. Who are you hoping to make famous?

And when the anointing of God meets the appointment of God – great things will happen.