“And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil.” Exodus 30:25
Can you recall ever trying to not appear different than people who’ve not given their lives over to Jesus, to be converted and controlled by the power of the Holy Spirit?
For years I tried to follow two paths in my life and fit into two worlds. First there was the call that God had placed on my heart when I accepted him and he claimed me as both his son and as a pastor to his people. Then there was the need I had to fit into the world, particularly the world of my older brother.
But here’s the thing. In order to fit into my brother’s world I had to cover up who I was as someone called to be a servant-son of God. I tried listening to the same music he did, I read the same kinds of books he read, and when he bought a skate board I went out and spent more than two hundred dollars on a top of the line skate board.
But it was all a big cover up. Some of the stuff I did enjoy. Even some of the things that God was trying to lead me away from. But even with that it was a lot of work trying to ride the fence and not be different from the world when I was at the same time trying to give my life over to Jesus.
Friends the call of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life is supposed to make you different from who you were and from those that have not received that anointing.
When the anointing oil God instructed the people to use to anoint the sanctuary and the priests, and later the kings of Israel, was poured out there was a tangible, recognizable difference between that which had and had not received the anointing. There was no other oil whose fragrance was the same; people could tell that you’d been anointed by God simply by the way you smelled.
Some of you may be thinking that you’re safe from having to be different because you haven’t been called to be a priest or pastor but my friends if you’ve claimed the name of Christ he’s called you to be a priest for him. 1 Peter 2:9 says it this way, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Like the water in the laver the anointing oil is a symbol for the Holy Spirit. The difference is that the water represents his power to cleanse you and the oil represents his power to transform and change you as he works in your life. His presence alone makes you different and if you cooperate with him he’ll give you the power to overcome sin in you life and to be changed even more into the image of Christ.