Have You Trapped Yourself in this Box?
"Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm." The question is: Who are the anointed? Most of us hear the word anointed and automatically think of a preacher, a singer, or the five fold ministry. Hearing the word anointed creates visuals of someone preaching themselves out of their shirt collar, singing a church into a shout, praying prayers that can break generational curses, or prophesying mysteries that could have only come from the throne room of God. All of these are definitely reflections of the anointing of God, and they are absolutely necessary and useful to the Kingdom of God. But are the saints who perform the most powerful and glamorous functions the only anointed ones of God? What exactly does it mean to be called by God?
In Exodus 31, God specifically calls someone from the tribe of Judah to do a job. However, this person hasn't been called to lead someone into battle, prophesy to the nations, stand up to a wicked ruler, or cast out devils. God has called Bezaleel for an assignment that most of us wouldn't even think requires a "calling":
Exodus 31:1-5 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
We find that God has called Bezaleel as a workman to deal with gold, silver, brass, stones, and wood. What's fascinating about this calling is that God specifically says that He has filled him with the spirit of God. Usually, when we think of someone being filled with the spirit of God, we associate it with the more powerful and theatrical assignments within the kingdom. Yet, God has given Bezaleel wisdom, understanding, and knowledge for the sole purpose of executing this workmanship. Effectively, God has anointed him to be a handyman.
What this means for us is that if God has called you to do anything, He has anointed you. There is no special box of anointed people and functions that is only reserved for a select few. Rather, the scripture is very clear that "every joint supplies" (Eph. 4:16), meaning that every member of the body of Christ makes a contribution.
Be All that YOU Can Be
In the kingdom of God, our value is not found in what we do, but rather, in who God has called us to be. This means that someone can serve as the audio visual person, IT person, interior decorator, driver, construction worker, or a cook and still be anointed by God. The common denominator is that they are inspired by God and have the wisdom of God. So, the best thing for us to do is to cultivate what God has placed in us, and the worst thing we can do is to try to be something that we are not.
In Bezaleel's case, he simply knew how to work with his hands and build things. Yet, his assignment was critical. He and his team ended up building things like the arc of the testimony, the mercy seat, and tabernacle.
Exodus 31:6-11 And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee; The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle, And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense, And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot, And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest's office, And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do.
As anointed as Moses and Aaron were, God didn't place those gifts in them. Someone needed to make outfits for Aaron and the priests. Someone needed to build the altar on which they prayed. Someone had to create the ark of the covenant which was so precious to God and the children of Israel.
The gifts, talents, and wisdom that God has placed in you are precious. Break free from the box that says that the only anointed people are those with stages and microphones. Even if what you are anointed to do is not glamorous, it is extremely valuable to God. Some of us feel like we are not productive to the Kingdom because we aren't doing a fashionable role, but if you are being led by the Spirit of God, you're probably more valuable than you even realize. Be free.
Zechariah 4:1 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit saith the LORD of hosts.