When someone has a ‘knack’ we are suggesting that they have something special about them, out of the ordinary. Because we are believers and we believe all creation has originated from God the creator of all things, then any special talent is naturally attributed to God, as a gift. It’s interesting that both the Old and New Testaments recognize this and speak of people having gifts from God. Consider this passage: “31 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, 4 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. 6 And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you: 7 the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, 8 the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, 9 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, 10 and the finely worked garments,[a] the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do.”” Exodus 31:1-11(ESV)
Compare this with what Paul says in Romans 12:6-8 “6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,[f] with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
This idea of anointing as divinely given talents and skills is only one aspect of the over all discussion of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. In scripture we see people being ‘anointed’ for leadership, for example, David being anointed as King over Israel. Prophets were also among the anointed as well as the Judges and some others who held no official position yet played a role of leadership. We also see the Holy Spirit coming ‘upon’ certain people for a certain special task or moment. In the New Testament we read that so and so was ‘Full of the Holy Spirit” and it fits into the Old Testament idea of the Spirit ‘coming upon’ somebody. I hope to develop these ideas further in a future blog but for now want to return to our first discussion of the anointing of the Holy Spirit for daily function in our lives. What are you anointed to do? What skills, talents and supernatural graces has God put in you by the anointing of the Holy Spirit? Sometimes we elevate the ‘spiritual’ gifts over things like generosity but the bible doesn’t. Paul lists acts of mercy and generosity as gifts as he does tongues and prophecy in Corinthians. Obviously some manifestations of the Holy Spirit would seem more ‘supernatural’ than others like prophecy or a word of knowledge but could it be that we have just seen it this way and created a dichotomy that never existed? More importantly, what dichotomy has existed in you that has allowed your insecurity or fear to quench the anointing in your life? In Corinthians Paul says again and again that every manifestation is for the edification(building up) of others. Are others being built up as you work with the Holy Spirit’s anointing in your life? They definitely could be, if you learned to embrace the anointing that God has given you! What gifts has God given you? How have you walked in them? This is one very important aspect of the anointing that we might overlook in our lives if we’re not careful.