Anointed

by Beth Richardson on June 11, 2012 · 4 comments

Creation II

Monday, June 11. As you read the story in 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13, reflect on the ways God has anointed you for ministry and service.

What do you think of the idea that God will replace you if you fail to fulfill your call?

Words from The Word: The Lord said to Samuel, “I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.” -1 Samuel 16:3, NIV

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Join in praying the words of Mark 4:35-41.

Pray for: the people and countries of Angola and Mozambique.

Spiritual Tools: Let’s pay some close attention to the listening process with An Exercise in Listening to God by Marjorie Thompson.

Quote:

Restore us Lord. Once we prayed, knowing our help came from You. Once we defied injustice knowing that you were on our side. Once we prayed all night “’til our help came.” Once we apologized for calling someone a fool. Once we believed it was important to please you. Restore us as people who follow God even when no one is looking. Restore us Lord.

-Kwasi I. Kena
The Africana Worship Book: Year B

From page 147 of The Africana Worship Book: Year B, edited by Valerie Bridgeman Davis and Safiyah Fosua. Copyright © 2007 by Discipleship Resources. Used by permission.

Prayer: Anointing God, make me green and flowing with sap so that I may serve you as your new creation. Amen.


Art Credit: Creation II from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Pat June 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

Much the same as a parent asking a child to complete a task in the home setting. If they choose to ignore the request the parent will ask another child or someone else. Or….as the case usually is, the parent will complete the task themselves. It will get done…..

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laura tenzel June 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

My heart leaped when i read the word fail. I beleive we are in the process of fulfillment by the grace of God. God is with me, Jesus sustains my every moment through the Holy Spirit, and when i falter, as i do daily, God’s grace meets me and lifts me. Thanks be to God.

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Buzz June 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

The hardest part here is accepting that I have failed. All mainline denominations teach us that with God there is no failure. Yet, God tells us that “many are called, but few are chosen”. I believe that God can and does shut doors. The closed doors are for others to walk through. But, as assuredly as God closed doors to us, God also opens other doors for us. Through these doors are the places where God will glorify the gifts God has given us. Why we are allowed to open some doors but not walk through is a mystery to me. Still, I trust that God knows best.

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Molly June 12, 2012 at 12:58 am

Well, I’ve failed many times. Sometimes being sure I was doing what God asked of me. I see it like Pat does, and have no problem over God giving the task to someone else. It is his work, not my personal kingdom. At the same time, I know HE never fails. So I can look for, ask him to show me, what I need to learn out of that. My ‘failure’ isn’t always the issue. It is indeed, often what seems like another doorway, with another avenue which I would never have chosen for myself.
Thinking about the ‘anointing’. Apart from particular anointings like ordination or commissioning as elder and the like, my experience has been that it comes as one actually begins the task. Sometimes I am aware of it, but more often someone else will notice it , or nobody does, and we are just conscious that God did the job.

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