Happy New Year! I hope you laid a great foundation in 2016 that will lead to an even better 2017. I admit that I am not much into the transition from one year to another. By that, I don't think there is a marker or line that we step over and takes us to another level or place when we move from December 31 to January 1. Perhaps that's because I teach at the university, and I have been in the 2017 calendar for months now. I also set goals throughout the year, so January 1 is just another day as I seek to be productive and purposeful.
I have been reading and listening to what people are saying about 2017, and there is always a sense that people are "beginning to start to perhaps take what may be the first step toward getting ready" to be purposeful. What do I mean by that? It's simply that I hear people talking about a need for renewal, revival, and training, all implying that the Lord has a lot of work to do in them before He can use them. Many "tarried" on New Year's Eve, and will follow up with fasting and prayer in January. There is nothing wrong with any of that, but I think there is an easier way to find revival and renewal in the Lord. It happens when you stop getting ready and begin doing it.
Yesterday in church, the pastor read 1 Samuel 16:12-13 from the English Standard Version, and something caught my eye that I had never seen stated as it is. The verses read, "And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, 'Arise, anoint him, for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward" (emphasis added).
What's so special about that wording? First, it shows that the Spirit came on David when he found his purpose. But the Spirit did not just come on him, it rushed upon him. If you are looking to study, tarry, pray, wait, recommit, or consecrate yourself in order to find what David found, I am not sure you will be able to do it. The best way to be revived and strengthened in the Lord is to find and fulfill purpose. Then the Spirit will rush upon and anoint you.
We have over-spiritualized the concept of anointing, making it something that is connected to preaching, teaching, or other ministry activities. When David was anointed and the Spirit rushed over him, what was he anointed to do? He was anointed to lead Israel, not as a priest but as a king. God's anointing was not only for worship, but for leadership and administration. From that point on, God was with David and helped him produce supernatural results as he led. We must get used to the idea that anointing can apply to music, crafts, teaching, service in the military, child care and any other God-assigned purpose. And the anointing is not bestowed on those who are ready; it is bestowed on people of purpose to get and keep them ready.
What are you anointed to do? If you don't know, then use this time not to improve yourself, but to find out what it is! Then once you find out, overcome your fear that you are not ready and start doing it, somewhere and as often as possible. When you do that, I promise that the Spirit will rush upon you just like He did on David, and like He has on other people of purpose. When you stop "getting ready to begin to start to commence" and simply accept the anointing, there will be no looking back, and you will experience the Spirit's rush not according to the calendar, but according to your expressions of purpose. Happy New Year!