God Establishes and Anoints Us

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22

The natural tendency of the human being is to receive affirmation and confirmation about what he does. However, they do not always give us recognition for our work. Ingratitude is present both in the home and in the workplace. Not always our family, our friends or our boss recognize what we do. But with God things work differently. When He calls us, He confirms and establishes us in Christ and anoints us through His Holy Spirit. And the anointing is our training to carry out our work for the Kingdom with power.

When we are looking for a job, we usually see the ad and send a request. In this application we attach our resume, i.e., our academic and labor credentials. Our hope is that they call us for an interview because that means we are among the potential candidates for the position requested. If we are interviewed and passed the test, the next thing is that we receive the job offer where they tell us the working conditions and our remuneration.

Once we accept our job offer, we agree to the date on which we are going to report to the company that is hiring us. That first day of work we received our appointment or confirmation that we are part of the company. We completed a series of forms on marginal benefits and tax returns; we are given our credential to enter the facility; we are introduced to our co-workers and the command line to which we must report.

But, it does not mean that from the first day of work we will assume our responsibilities to one hundred percent. Before that happens, we will be trained according to the policies of the company and the skills required for our specific position. This training will continue throughout our permanence at the company so that we are properly trained in everything concerning our work and we develop it with the excellence that is required of us.

The process of the Lord’s call can be compared to that of acquiring a new job. Through the gospel, God sends us the call that there are open positions to be fishers of men. Our resume is a heart willing to say to Him: “Here I am, send me.” In intimacy with God, we are interviewed and given our offer of “employment” according to Matthew 28: 19-20: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.

We receive the confirmation from God in Christ Jesus that we are called to be workers of His Kingdom. We are sealed in the Holy Spirit, this is our credential. Through His Word; but above all, by the anointing of the same Spirit, we receive the training that empowers us to do the work of the Lord with power. Thus, the preaching of the gospel will come accompanied by miracles, wonders and signs for the honor and glory of our Heavenly Father. After all, He is our boss in our work as fishers of men. God bless you.

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