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July 17, 2012

His Appointment, His Agenda, and His Anointing

by Wallace Thornton, Jr.

 In this first post I invite you to consider Jesus’ “ministry scripture”—Matthew 4:18-19 (citing Isaiah 61:1-2)—

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Here we find three essential elements of a successful ministry.

First, Jesus reflected on His appointment—he declared that “the Lord … hath sent me.”  His mission originated with the Father.  Likewise, He sends us.  If you are a follower of Christ, you too have a commission just as did the twelve disciples who followed Christ during His earthly sojourn.  “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21).  What an appointment—to go to others as Christ has come to us!

Second, Jesus presented His agenda.  He came to heal, to deliver, to enlighten, and to liberate.  This takes place as we are encountered by truth, as Jesus declared in John 8:32—“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  Indeed, Jesus is the Truth, as He told Thomas in John 14:6—“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  Now, our responsibility is to bear witness of Him, “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).

Third, Jesus credited His anointing.  “The Spirit of the Lord” truly was upon Him in a unique way, for He is the Son of God.  Yet, He also desires for each saint to be anointed for ministry.  Shortly before His ascension, He assured His disciples: “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).  This promise was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2).  May we likewise wait upon Him for His anointing, and thus realize the promise of Acts 1:8—“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Let us heed His appointment, embrace His agenda, and seek His anointing!

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