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The Anointing That’s Available to You Today By Colleen Rouse

We have access to so much! We can easily take for granted that the click of a button on our laptop opens a world of information in a matter of moments. Do you remember when you were first introduced to all this amazing power at your fingertips? The internet access we have is an unparalleled connection that has expanded us immensely, which gives us permission, if you will, to increase expertise and productivity. You know this, so can you conceive of one of your colleagues in this day of information being oblivious to what the web has to offer? You would probably be somewhat incredulous and have an impassioned conversation with them about the wealth of information suspended in cyberspace just waiting for them to access it. You would try to convince them that they must learn to tap into what’s available, to help them become more successful.

Now I have set you up for the kind of impassioned conversation I would like to have with you. It is one thing to access information from cyberspace. It is another thing to access the empowerment from Heaven. I’m referring to something that you and I have been given permission to access – the anointing. There is a dispensation of grace that awaits each and every one of us—we just have to access it!

Let me ask you this: have you considered yourself as a viable candidate to receive and function under the anointing as you go about your workday? Perhaps you have been under the impression that the anointing is reserved only for those in ministry. That is not the case! I welcome you to pull up a chair: let’s dispel some of these errors of thinking and discover how you can bring this kind of increase into your life.

Are you acquainted with the idea of the “sacred and secular divide”? The work of the ministry is considered sacred, while all other professions are considered secular. The notion that there is a limited circle in which only those with ministry careers can stand—those who are outside this circle are thought of as less important to the Kingdom. Allow me to take a sledgehammer to this notion, because it is erroneous. You are not more or less qualified for the anointing based on your occupation. What qualifies us is His sacrifice! He opened access to Heaven for us, along with all that the Father desires to bestow on His sons and daughters.

Perfection is not a prerequisite for the anointing.

God has His reasons for bestowing His anointing on flawed humanity, and we see these reasons in the life of Jacob. Jacob leaves his home after cheating his brother out of an inheritance and goes to work for his uncle Laban—a dishonest man, as well. Jacob’s time with his uncle is filled with multiple challenges. Allow me to highlight a few examples that demonstrate God’s anointing in operation.

Despite Laban’s attempts to cheat and deceive Jacob, the Lord anointed Jacob with clever ideas to overcome every hurdle placed in his way: “Yet your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me” (Genesis 31:7, NKJV). Notice how the anointing also serves as protection for Jacob. What is even more amazing is that, in spite of his scheming ways, Laban is also benefited from the anointing on Jacob’s life. He conveys his recognition through his own admission: “I have learned by experience that the Lord has blessed me for your sake.”

Why would God do that? Many reasons—one of them is that God knew that generations of believers would read this account and marvel at His goodness. Secondly, because it demonstrates for us that, when you operate under the anointing, there is potential for those whom you work for to be blessed, as well. Ultimately, it serves the purpose of creating an awareness of the goodness of our God in spite of the fact that all humanity is undeserving of His generosity. It’s so important to realize that we have permission to access the anointing, even though—and even because—we aren’t perfect!

The anointing serves as a means for redeeming others.

In addition to those around you being blessed, they will likely take note of the source of this favor on your life and be drawn to the Lord. Daniel was imprisoned by a pagan king. God anointed Daniel to interpret the dreams which the king’s sorcerers and magicians failed to explain. He was promoted as a result and anointed to serve in the Babylonian kingdom. The end result was the king’s bowing down (kings do not bow to anyone) and declaring, “Truly, your God is the greatest of gods, the Lord over kings, a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this secret” (Daniel 2:46). God’s reasons for anointing humanity include the purpose of bringing Heaven to earth and bringing humanity into a relationship with a generous Father. It is vital that we shift our perspective to line up with Heaven’s view of humanity.

The anointing serves to perfect your God-given abilities.

Every bit of talent you possess has been granted to you by God; so why wouldn’t He want to help perfect it in you? We see this in the story of Bezalel, who was a chosen artisan in the construction of the temple. In Exodus 31:3-5 (NLT), God says of Bezalel, “I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”

I experienced this truth early on in my walk with the Lord, even though I didn’t know it was the anointing at the time. In my early twenties, while doing freelance graphic design, I landed a big account. Honestly, I didn’t know if I was truly up for the task, or if I could meet the schedule for deliverables; but nonetheless, I was grateful. As I began to delve into the work, I couldn’t help but notice an increase in my creativity as well as my productivity! I had set my life apart to Him, and He bestowed His empowering ability on me in return! Think about what you are doing as a profession, and how much God wants to increase your ability, skill, and wisdom, as well as a perfection of your particular gift. When we give ourselves permission to thrive under His anointing, we find ourselves more equipped to serve others which ultimately, is how we serve  Jesus in our place of work!

Heaven wants to continue to invest in your life! The language of the New Testament speaks of us being set apart; chosen; consecrated; a holy nation; kings and priests; made righteous and justified. If this is true of us, then we need to embrace this identity and appropriately receive His anointing for service. Heaven is not just interested in your career, Heaven is invested in your career!

Colossians 3:23 (TPT) says, “Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others.” Paul is encouraging us, as consecrated people, to also dedicate our profession to Him. He is highlighting the importance of what happens in our cubicles and boardrooms. Whether we work for a pagan king or a dishonest employer, Jesus wants to demonstrate His goodness to those who observe the anointing on our lives in the workplace.

Whatever we consecrate to Him becomes set apart and holy. It is through this act of consecration that Heaven gains permission, in a sense, to operate. That is why this is not just a one-time act but a daily observance. Purity of motive is everything. To work in this consecrated matter is to become a magnet for the anointing. One of the benefits to living a submitted life is Who you are submitting to: you get to tap into a higher level of ability than mere human talent and skill.

The anointing empowers you to carry out a given task.

2 Corinthians 3:5 (TPT) says, “Yet we don’t see ourselves as capable enough to do anything in our own strength, for our true competence flows from God’s empowering presence.” In the book of Luke, Peter allows the Lord to use his boat to teach the crowds who had gathered. When Jesus is finished, He tells Peter to cast his nets into the water. Peter points out that it would most likely be futile but he does it anyway, only to be shocked by the payoff of fish! The point is that if a man dedicates his business hours for the sake of the Kingdom, it does not go without notice, and Heaven reciprocates greatly.

What would happen if we dedicated the entirety of our workday to the Father’s business? Does it mean there will always be a huge financial payoff? Not necessarily. But there will be a Heavenly reward. I feel that it is important to clarify something here: I am not preaching the gospel of self, which is an entitled view of the Word of God in which everything is perceived through the lens of “What’s in it for me?”. What I want to emphasize is the generous and gracious nature of our Heavenly Father. He bestows His anointing on our lives so that those in our world will see the evidence of His goodness. If it also helps us close a big deal and improves our financial position, that is well and good. His goal, however, is much greater than that. He wants to draw all men unto Himself for the purpose of redeeming their lives for eternity!

When I was a sales rep, I would pray for His anointing to secure accounts and close deals. I recall Him giving me inside information to know exactly what to say to gain favor and blow away my competitors. He empowered me to deal with difficult clients and situations that seemed to be no-win situations, just like He did for Jacob and Daniel. Incidentally, my upline took note of this and asked, “How do you get these deals done?”

It gave me an open door to share the gospel with her and, eventually, it led to her committing her life to Christ.

The anointing is something we steward in our lives.

Let’s be clear that there is Only one who carried the title, “Anointed One,” title because He is without sin— He is perfection. We are never to take the anointing for granted. I have seen individuals operating under the anointing to a great degree, and I have also witnessed others whose lives drifted from consecrated to compromised, only to have the anointing lifted from them. One can never take advantage of the generosity of Heaven. Those who are set apart are to become a truer reflection of the Anointed One. As we grow in our relationship with Him, we allow Him to refine us. It is through the consecration of our lives that the evidence of His grace, His anointing, increases in outflow through what we do: 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (TPT) says, “Now, it is God himself who has anointed us. And he is constantly strengthening both you and us in union with Christ. He knows we are his since he has also stamped his seal of love over our hearts and has given us the Holy Spirit like an engagement ring is given to a bride—a down payment of the blessings to come!”

Perhaps we need to ask ourselves a different set of questions. If we have been redeemed and reborn, then shouldn’t everything about our life look different? As powerful as salvation is, shouldn’t it be showing up in every segment of our lives? If we present our lives to Him as an act of worship, then how does that change how we accomplish our work— what does that now give us access to? After all, we have nothing to give Him that He has not first given us.

I want you to get this image: when a king was crowned, he was also anointed during the coronation ceremony. Imagine the point in the ritual when fragrant oil is poured over his head and flowing down over his entire being until he is literally drenched in aromatic oil. It was a symbolic representation of the Spirit of the Lord coming upon the king to bestow His support, His wisdom, and His strength. It meant that Heaven was conferring the anointing and the attributes of God in order to enable and empower the king to serve. How much more does Heaven want to confer upon you, an ambassador for the king, His empowering ability as you go about the Father’s business in the workplace!

I believe that we are called to be Living epistles, or billboards, advertising His goodness. There should be evidence that we have an advantage in order to get others’ attention. People around us need to see what life looks like with the Supreme Godhead in our corner. They should want what we have.

The anointing is about far more than bringing you earthy success. It has more to do with heavenly significance. I know God wants to do far more than redeem your life from destruction—He wants to appropriate it for His glory. When others take note of His favor on your life, it will stir the hunger in their heart for His Divine love.

Our God is also the Supreme Venture Capitalist who has already risked it all for you.

He gave you gifts and talents. He wants you to make the most of His investments. If you have ever invested in an opportunity, don’t you also look for ways to add value and to increase your ROI? Why would God do any less? It’s just good business sense. He wants to establish a divine, unlimited partnership with those who call Him Lord. It’s time to take Him up on His offer.

There is nothing to be gained by holding to an ideology that disqualifies you from being a carrier of the anointing. It’s time that we dispel the idea that His anointing cannot accompany you into the workplace. It’s time to step into the expanded circle of what is sacred, and allow Him to bestow His grace upon your life. It’s time to give yourself permission to thrive.

This article was extracted from the premier issue of Thrive Magazine (Spring 2021). Learn how to get your copy of Thrive Magazine by visiting us here.