“Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. 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 brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.” – 1 Samuel 16:10-13
One of the major roles of the prophetic is seeking the wisdom of the Holy Spirit on who God is really calling you to as an assignment. Who should you be discipling. Who should you be enforcing or positioning. Who should you be putting your time into training.
It should be any and everyone who comes, right? Well that’s not what the Bible teaches us. Unless you want to pour a lot of effort into a Judas. Jesus knew who he was from the beginning and allowed him into his inter circle of leadership training for a purpose. The purpose of betrayal and His own crucifixion. So let us hope that He is not calling you to that mission and if not then there is no reason to pour resources out on those who are not submitted to the will of Jesus when it would be better spent pouring into those who really want it.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” – Matthew 5:6
This may seem like a strange message but hear me through on this. You can waste a lot of time, seed, and resources trying to grow in stoney ground and end up neglecting the good soil that God had really called you to because of it. Preach to everything that has breath and be a witness of the teachings of Jesus to all men but save the oil for the David’s. Pour out on those whom the Lord chooses and sends you too. Don’t ware out trying to disciple everyone. Not everyone is ready at this moment. Not everyone has the same calling as you. Not everyone is meant to be part of your community or inner group. Be kind and compassionate but don’t become weary in well doing and dry up misusing what God has given you. Don’t be over burdened by the enemy or fail to seek the leading of the Holy Spirit as to when, where, and who you are truly called too. The enemy will send assignments too and they will look good and fit for God’s purposes but they will be bad ground and only God knows what lies beneath so don’t move in the pride of trusting yourself or the error of trusting what you see.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” – Jeremiah 17:9-10
When God called Samual to pour the anointing oil out on David, 7 others stood up to receive it but God prevented it from being poured on them. He demanded that it be saved for the one that Samual was sent for. The eighth, the shepherd boy with a humble heart who was more worried about tending to his fathers flock then receiving a public mark of leadership or greatness.
“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” – 1 Timothy 5:22
We are so quick to anoint people but in the bible the anointing oil was precious, sacred, and expensive. It was saved for a purpose. In the Old Testament it was used to anoint Kings and priest. In the new it was used to anoint ministers into their calling and to anoint the sick for healing. The oil represented the anointing of God and believe me the true anointing of God is precious, sacred, and very expensive. Like the olive oil of old, it comes from much time spent waiting on growth, watering by drawing up those deep waters or praying for rain, and finally the crushing.
The anointing is not something that comes easy by cheap impartation. It comes from much time spend waiting on God faithfully in prayer, fasting, drawing up those deep waters in study, growing in grace forgiving those who crush you, being broken, being used and abused and rejected for obedience to the words of Jesus. Salvation is free but the anointing cost you something, in fact, it cost you everything. It cost you all your plans and ambitions. It cost you your life, your time, and your attention. It cost you your will and desires. These are the things that release the anointing in you. Leonard Ravwnhill often said that the anointing is the hardest thing to get and the easiest thing to loose; and like the oil of the old lamp stand in the temple that had to twice a day be renewed, it takes a daily diligence and discipline of obedience to keep it trimmed and ready to be used. Save it for its anointed purposes, don’t waste it, or you won’t have enough for what God gave it to you for. You’ll run out, dry up, become empty and exhausted. I know this seems counter intuitive to what you’ve been taught but God does not expect you to pour out until you pass out and miss the mission that you were created for. Be strategic, be obedient, be gentle as lambs but wise as serpents. Be like the wise virgins who knew that the oil could run out if they were not wise and diligent and not only made sure to refill it but also did not waste it.
“And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.” – Matthew 25:6-10
So my message to you today is this. Do like Samual and be patient. It’s not about numbers and masses it’s about being effective in the Kingdom by seeking and trusting the leading of the Holy Spirit. Don’t pour out on everyone that comes or you won’t have it for the David that you were meant to pour it on. Seek the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and listen when He tells you, not that one. He knows the heart. The inter workings. He knows the ones that are humbled and broken, the ones that the Lord has been working on in the unseen places. The fields, the pastures, the wildernesses. He knows where to place it where it won’t be wasted. Yes love everyone, yes pray for them, but some simply aren’t ready to be poured into yet and if you go by what you see you will waste the anointing and your energy that would have been better spend being more effective pouring it on a David who no one expected to have the heart of the King hidden inside of him.
“And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.” – 1 Samuel 13:13-14
“And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him. But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:6-7
“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” – Acts 13:22