Do you want to be anointed by God? I do. I desire for my life to make a difference, to accomplish something for the kingdom, to be set apart for a great work. If you desire that too, then Jesus is our model. If we want the anointing of God in our lives then we must follow this example:
3Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
5You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to. 7Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form, 8he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9Therefore, God elevated him to the place of
highest honor and gave him the name above all other names…
Friends, if we are going to be used by God then there is a price to pay. It means setting aside our pride, humbling ourselves. It could mean being misunderstood (like Jesus), falsely accused (like Jesus), dealing with the self-righteous but not righteous (like Jesus) and having to stand strong against the attacks and opposition of the enemy (like Jesus).
Our human nature wants to defend ourselves and promote ourselves and please every one. But to be used by God means to walk against the grain of our human nature. To do the opposite of what comes natural. To stop protecting ourselves and spend ourselves completely.
Are we waiting for it to go on sale? Are we willing to pay the price?
James 4:6-7 – But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So humble yourselves before God.