Day 112: April 22, 2023

Anointed for Distinction

Key Verse to Read and Treasure

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matthew 5:13-15)  

For Insight

Each time Jesus spoke an “I Am” statement he was telling those around him that he had been anointed for distinction. He knew he was anointed as the Bread of Life (John 6:35), Light of the World (John 8:12), The Door (John 10:9), The Good Shepherd (John 10: 11,14), the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25), the Way and the Truth and the Life (John 14:6), and The Vine (John 15:1, 5).

When Jesus told his followers they were the salt of earth and the light of the world he was letting them and us know we also have been anointed for distinction also.

Did you know there are roughly twelve types of salt for cooking? There are Kosher salts, Table Salts, Sea Salts, Celtic Sea Salts, Flake Salts, Pink Salts, Black Salts, Red Salts, Black Lava Salts, Brining Salts, and Flavored Salts. Each salt has a distinct flavor and purpose. Some salts are for finishing. You sprinkle them on after a dish is complete. It is called finishing because that is when its flavor is more pronounced. Some salts need to be added while cooking because they bring out the best flavor of that dish. Some salts have pungent aromas, are best used sparingly, or are delicate. Some are best on meat or poultry and some salts work best in water because they help tenderize the meat. If you’re going to branch out and use a different type of salt, it’s a good thing to know a little bit about it beforehand.  

Because we belong to Jesus and dwell in him and he in us we are distinct from the those who belong to the world. The salt we bring to the world adds a unique flavor. The qualities we embody allow the world to have a taste of heaven and should make them yearn to experience heaven and Jesus for themselves. As Psalm 34:8 says, “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” When we add our flavor of peace or joy or bring the mind of Christ to a situation we are walking in our distinct anointing. When we operate in wisdom, manage to be the “calm” and reasonableness in chaos and unreasonableness, are full of light where darkness and foolishness have made a stronghold. When we extend forgiveness and compassion where others are expecting unforgiveness and judgment we are operating in our distinct anointing. When we operate in integrity and humility we operate in our distinct anointing and surprise those who do not understand God rewards a spirit of integrity and goodness. When we carry the sweet fragrance of love, kindness, and gentleness where there has only been hate, selfishness and harshness we are operating in our distinct anointing and are sprinkling the sweet aroma of Christ where we are.

Just like Jesus knew his anointing, when we grasp that we have a distinct anointing and learn to operate within that anointing as the salt and light Jesus spoke us to be, we bless the atmosphere, we bless the situation, we bless the work environment, we bless our school, we bless our home and family, we bless our marriage, we bless our ministry, we bless our church, we bless the world we live in, and we bless the Lord our God.

Jesus, I accept my distinct anointing as salt and light. Send your Holy Spirit to fill me so I can operate in my anointing. Amen

Ask Yourself

Do I know who I am? Do I understand what Jesus spoke over me when he said I am the salt of the earth and light of the world?                  

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