” But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples—the one who would betray him—said, “That perfume was worth a small fortune. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief who was in charge of the disciples’ funds, and he often took some for his own use. Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did it in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but I will not be here with you much longer.”John 12:4-8
Mary had done it. Obediently she had come and anointed her Lord for his death. Braving the tension and the danger she stepped forward and anointed Jesus as king and priest.
Christians are taught to crave the anointing in every area of our lives. The funny thing is many of us somehow think that anointing is a cure-all for life’s problems. We think if only we can get under the anointing all the issues of life will be solved.
But anointing often doesn’t, initially, solve problems. It brings victory, which means it usually plunges us headlong into battle. This is what it did for Jesus. It was the anointing that brought out Judas’ true heart though it was covered with a veneer of religious piety. Anointing planted the seeds of conflict between Jesus and Judas which ultimately led to the famous betrayal in Gethsemane.
Anointing always challenges the status quo and shoves believers out of the comfort zone into the crucified way. Its purpose is not earthly comfort but eternal blessing. Sometimes these two things are mutually exclusive.
Passion always begins with anointing; By that I don’t mean emotional fervor. I mean stolid commitment which won’t be swayed even by the threat of death. Now that’s real passion!
Real passion requires real commitment and real commitment needs real anointing because anointing takes us out of the realm of what we want into the realm of what God has commanded.
From the moment Jesus was anointed he was plunged into the battle of the cross full-scale not by his own choice but by His Father’s. He came into agreement with it.
If we are to be like Jesus we have to put in mind that God’s anointing always leads to victory. Therefore God’s anointing will always take us by way of the cross. For there is no victory without battle. For there is no victory without the defeating of an enemy. And as the sages say indeed, “we are our own worst enemies.”
How has the anointing placed you in a battle?