I was talking with a young leader recently about following the call of God, and in the midst of our conversation I heard the Lord say, “DO YOU WANT SUCCESS, OR DO YOU WANT THE ANOINTING?” I had never considered this comparison before, but it went straight to the heart.
Success by today’s standards – especially in the Church – seems to be measured by a prestigious title, a recognized name, or the size of one’s social media accounts. And yet, all of those are “rubbish” if they don’t carry the presence and aroma of The Anointed One. We’re being reminded of this higher call that doesn’t look anything like the world’s.
Success may bring you invitations, but it’s the anointing that will set the captives free (Luke 4:18). Success may bring you a large following, but the anointing can disciple entire nations (Matt 28:18-20). Success may bring your name before stars and celebrities, but the anointing brings a King’s reward (Psalms 45:7). Success may bring notoriety and monetary gain, but the anointing will secure a crown for all eternity (2 Tim 4:8). Someone successful can market their strategy, but the anointing cannot be bought, nor does it come cheaply.
This tangible force that can change an entire generation only comes through a life that has been humbled, broken, and willing to lose it all for the sake of One. It only comes when one is willing to bypass the good, and even the better, in order to obtain the best. And it usually takes longer. For those who choose the higher road, the process of waiting is what purifies the oil within and increases its value for its appointed time of release.
To those feeling overlooked or forgotten in fulfilling your destiny, know that you have not missed it. Your time of being hidden is not a sign of rejection or an indication of failure. Rather, it is an invitation to the anointing. Embrace the season of preparation and allow the oil of His presence to saturate your being. It is the anointing that breaks the yoke, and it is those who are willing to yield to its process that will be the carriers of that promise.
This generation does not need someone successful or well-known to set them free. They need someone who carries the oil of heaven. Those thought to be small in the world’s eyes are about to release heaven’s fragrance, and the aroma will bring all men to their knees.