Daily Archives: October 15, 2014
I was recently asked, “What the ordainment to Elder meant to me?” “Man’s acceptance of the appointment,” was my answer. It was as succinct as that. Man needs the paper for acceptance, God looks at the heart for anointment. Man’s outwardly appointment comes into alignment with God’s anointment.
God revealed to Joseph that he would rule over his father and brothers. At the time God revealed it, he was anointed. He was equipped to endure whatever it took along the way. In God’s eyes he was already the leader, but God had to prepare His heart to be the leader. In essence, God had to take the rawness of the grape and press it through the process to become fine wine.
Years before God anointed me with the title. Accepting the paper does not constitute anointing, but it is an appointment. When I was a young girl attending church I was elevated to a position, only to have it snatched from me for no reason. That probably weighs with my attitude about appointments. An anointing is different. It is God breathed.
From the day God breathed the anointing on me, I have always held it close to my heart. Along the way He has pruned and purged. It has not been an easy process, but necessary. That doesn’t mean you go around proclaiming this is what God has said I am. I didn’t have to do that. Others recognize the anointment as they did with Joseph. Walking and boasting are two different things.
It is like advertising and publicity. The former you trumpet your own horn, the latter brings more credibility because others trumpet the horn about you.
My late beloved sister and mentor, Portia Gentry, once gave me some priceless wisdom. She told me to move in God’s timing and not man’s timing. No doubt if she was here she would be pleased that I have kept sacred those words of wisdom. She was the bridge that poured into me when I embraced Jesus as Lord and Savior all the teachings of faith she had garnered from our Mother who had made her transition. I don’t think there has been anyone I pulled on and relied on as much I did Portia for spiritual nourishment and growth. Her words of wisdom continue to reign supreme.
My Mother would be pleased. She was the one person who believed in me as no other. Letting me know that I could do and be anything I wanted. Even more than that, her life has always been the exemplary guiding force of faith and commitment. The spirit of my mother’s legacy propelled me to Christ. Her life is what God placed before me to emulate in my walk with Him. The spiritual nuggets of her life and words resonant with me every day.
Tonight is the day that culminates in the outward recognition of what was God breathed. Family and friends will be there to witness it. More importantly, God will be there and has always been there since before His anointment.
…for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)
All are welcomed to join me in this auspicious occassion.