In Christianity, there are many individuals who confuse the anointing of God with the gifts of God. The two are completely different, but most people don’t recognize one from the other. But I’m here to tell you that they are definitely different! Let’s get to it!
Anointed is defined as:
- To smear or rub with oil.
So when you are anointed of God, you are essentially being rubbed on, or smeared, with the presence of God. The anointing can’t be bought, nor can it be taught! The anointing of God is earned, by spending time with God in the word, in devotion, and in prayer. In Luke 4:18, He said:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.”
In Second Corinthians 1:21-22
“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
Basically, the word of God is saying that the anointing can not be bought, but is given to us as a seal of Him being with us. And how do you get the presence of God? By spending quality time in his presence. By worshipping and reading the word. By standing still and listening for the voice of God. Then will the anointing come upon your life.
Gifts are defined as:
- 1.a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present.
- a natural ability or talent.
So the gifts of the spirit could be defined as something God has willingly given to you, without payment, that you are to naturally walk in as a child of God. So what are these gifts?
In first Corinthians 12 8-10, the Bible states
- 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
- 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
- 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
So you can see here that the gifts are given freely, by the spirit, to you. In verse 4,of 2 Corinthians 12, He says,
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
Essentially what is being said is you will receive a gift, but it may not be the same gift as your brother, or sister, received from the spirit, and its ok.
I’m not saying what you should want, but if it were me, I’m taking the anointing! A gift is given to everyone before they are born, but the anointing, that’s different. That means I spent time with God. That means I communed with God. We broke bread daily. And to me that’s more important than what I can do with a gift.
~more of you God, less of me in all aspects of my life….