“But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil” (Psalms 92:10 NKJ).
We should all possess a yearning for a fresh work of God. I remember the years when everything was fresh and new. It is very easy when one has been in the ministry for a number of years for things to become mundane, routine, and professional. A trap that any of us can fall into is to learn a system of ministry and/or a message and content ourselves by equating that with anointing.
When God raises up a person in obedience and anointing, his first anointing is that of a servant. It is only when one has a servant’s heart that he can be trusted with greater things. All too often, personal zealousness and ambition will assert themselves to dominate one’s priorities–ultimately causing his heart to grow cold. A person should constantly keep in mind that the word “ministry”, in the NT Greek, is better translated “servant”. A servant is one cares for the needs of others.
Secondly, He anoints him with a ministry. An anointed ministry is not chosen by man but rather is given by God. One cannot simply “think up” a ministry and do it. When he has a pure and available heart God will place him in one of His own selection. Often, when it happens, he will not be aware that it is happening. There will be no sound of the trumpets nor will there be the sounding of bells. As he is walks faithfully before God he will find himself doing little things that consequently form into a pattern out of which come the greater things of ministry.
God is the God of small things and small beginnings. I call this the “mustard seed principle”. When God begins to shape us in the ministry, what He has us doing will usually be small and seemingly insignificant. This puts to death ambition and encourages faithfulness. Jesus gave the following parable that describes the process: “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and became a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it” (Luke 13:18, 19).
Although God may give a great vision, it is yet for an appointed time lest we grow too fast and become victims of the storms. A seed always grows down before it comes up, sending its roots deep into the soil. Without roots, a plant will fall before every breeze that blows. It is very easy for a tree to outgrow its roots and be subject to the storms. It is therefore important that we take care to grow deep in the Word as we grow tall in the ministry.
Thirdly, God anoints him with a life message. As a person lives faithfully in the small things, God will make him ruler over the great. The greatest things of life are not the ministries we have but rather the legacy that we leave. The ultimate object of a ministry is the message it bears. When we are gone, the works we have done will be soon forgotten in the press of new personalities, blessings, and other developments. A life message will never be lost. Because of the anointing of God on it, it will spread in one’s own generation and then to generations to come. We should be cautious lest we are so consumed in the fervor of activity that we forget to linger in the Word and in prayer–saturating ourselves in the Spirit thus forming the foundations of a life message.
Even with an anointed ministry and message there are times the person must come back seeking a fresh work of the Spirit. The pressures of life and the ministry will ultimately take their toll. That is when one’s ministry and message becomes mundane, routine and professional. The Psalmist declared the necessity of fresh anointing: “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of a wild ox; I shall be anointed with fresh oil” (Psalm 92:10).
To be anointed with fresh oil is to have fresh revelation. Anointing parallels revelation. To have fresh revelation doesn’t mean to see things never before seen but rather to see with new eyes things we have seen before or that others have seen but has escaped us.
To be anointed with fresh oil is to have a renewal of vision. When one’s vision has faltered, his purpose and direction will falter with it. The weariness of the road, the price of obedience, and the ever-present adversaries can cause the loss of vision. We need an anointing with a fresh vision to enable us to be stay focused and always persevering.
To be anointed with fresh oil is to discover new resources within and without that we were previously unaware of. Giftings, understandings, wisdom, and many other resources will come to the forefront in one’s life with the anointing with fresh oil.
To be anointed with fresh oil produces a new credibility with others that one was not previously blessed with. When God anoints, man appoints.
Hopefully, the desire of your heart is not only to know the fresh anointing of old things in your life but to experience the anointing of fresh oil wherein God opens up a new panorama of living and ministry.
“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you” (Hosea 10:12).
Blessing on you and yours, this day.