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Does Being Called Mean Being Anointed?

anointing makes differenceIs there a difference between being called and being anointed? The Bible seems to says there is a difference. For example, the Bible teaches us in the Gospel According to Matthew,

“…for many be called, but few are chosen…” (20:16; 22:14).

and in the Epistle to the Romans,

“…For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance…” (11:29).

This leads us to question why “…many are called…”, but only a “…few are chosen…”? Within life, several people can be selected for the same opportunity, but only the one who has stood out from among the rest will be chosen. Why? Because the individual has certain qualities and experiences that cause the person in charge to focus upon him or her more so than the others.

Likewise, in the Kingdom, the thing that causes one person to stand out above the others lies not so much in their own ability. It lies in the quality and experience of their lives that stem from having a genuine relationship with God which is evidenced by the presence and power of the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon and within them. Not convinced?

Reflect, for a moment, upon the story of Nadab and Abihu (Lev. 10:1-7). The sons of Aaron were called and ordained to perform services within the Tabernacle. However, only Aaron was anointed to offer

“…burning coals of fire from off the altar before the Lord, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the veil: and he shall put the incense upon the fire before the Lord, the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony…” (16:12, 13).

Stepping into a role just because you have the gifting to perform in the office does not automatically qualify you to function within the position. It is the anointing that makes the difference! Still not convinced?

Jesus, Himself, said,

“Not every one that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord!’, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doth the will of My Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have we not cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.'” (Mt. 7:21-23).

There are many people who have been called to perform certain assignments in the Kingdom; however, if their lives are not aligned with the Word of God and their actions are not endorsed by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, then they will not be qualified for service. If they never receive the endorsement of the Holy Spirit, it does not mean that they were not called. It just means that God’s presence will not play a role in what the person is doing. It will be a work of the flesh as opposed to a work performed under the unction of the Holy Spirit.

Receive God’s seal of approval before embarking upon any new endeavor as His ambassador…#thinkonthesethings

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2 Comments on Does Being Called Mean Being Anointed?

  1. Thank you for this anointed explanation. Many people, especially children of God, confuse the two.

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