“Spices for anointing oil.” —Exodus 35:8
The anointing oil was precious and sacred. It was reserved for anointing those that were called into the special service of the Lord. Prophets, priests, and kings would be anointed with oil. It was a recognition of the calling of God on that individual. Sometimes the anointing of the Spirit would happen as the oil was being poured out. The anointing oil was considered holy and not to be used casually or just for the fragrance effect. The anointing of the Spirit is like that. The Lord anoints His servants with supernatural unction to accomplish His kingdom plans. Today His Spirit is poured out on whosoever will. We still have to be cautious with our casual attitude about this. There is clearly a special anointing placed on those called by God into ministry. We should not neglect or play down the importance of the anointing, neither should we treat the anointing on someone’s life casually. Here is how Spurgeon describes the anointing.
“Much use was made of this anointing oil under the law, and that which it represents is of primary importance under the gospel. The Holy Spirit, who anoints us for all holy service, is indispensable to us if we would serve the Lord acceptably. Without His aid our religious services are but a vain oblation, and our inward experience is a dead thing. Whenever our ministry is without unction, what miserable stuff it becomes! Nor are the prayers, praises, meditations, and efforts of private Christians one jot superior. A holy anointing is the soul and life of piety, its absence the most grievous of all calamities. To go before the Lord without anointing is as though some common Levite had thrust himself into the priest’s office—his ministrations would rather have been sins than services. May we never venture upon hallowed exercises without sacred anointings.”
How can you describe the anointing? It is trying to describe the indescribable. Two people can sing the same song and the difference is as far as east is from the west. One can be an incredibly talented singer the other just average. The average singer becomes a tool in God’s hand by the anointing. Talent has zero determination with the anointing. The same in any field of service; it’s not by might, nor by power or ability, it is by the Spirit of the Lord His work is done.