Anointed to Serve

Scripture: Leviticus 8:12, ‘He poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him to consecrate him.’


Observations: God instructed Moses to ‘consecrate,’ or set apart Aaron and his sons to serve as priests. This meant washing him them in water (v6), and dressing him in the garments of the high priest (v7-9), and finally ‘pouring some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head.’ The anointing (masah) symbolized two things. Firstly, that God had chosen him for a special task i.e. that of high priest. And secondly, that God would empower him for that task. It’s interesting that when both Saul and David were anointed as kings it mentions that the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon them (1 Sam 10:6; 16:13). God empowered those whom he appointed. It’s also important to note that this term came to refer to God’s promised king, the Messiah (or the Christ). Jesus wasn’t anointed with oil, rather he was baptised with water and the Holy Spirit (Lk 3:21-22). In a similar way we are anointed by God and empowered with the Holy Spirit to serve God (2 Cor 1:21-22).


Application: Like Aaron was anointed to the position of high priest and empowered by God to fulfil his task, so we have been anointed by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to serve our Saviour, Jesus Christ. One of the downsides of infant baptism is that it seems so remote, but our baptism symbolizes that our lives have been set aside for God’s purposes, and that we have received the Holy Spirit who enables us to serve God. Do you wake up every morning and say ‘I have been anointed by God, and filled with the Holy Spirit, in order to serve him today’?


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You have anointed me with Your Holy Spirit so that I not only belong to You, but also that I may serve You and build Your Kingdom and bring You glory. Lord, may I not think of my purpose in life as something common or uninteresting, but may I think of my life as an opportunity to bring You praise. Lord, show me today how You want me to serve. Give me the wisdom, the grace, and the power to serve You well. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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