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posted Apr 1, 2020, 9:47 AM by Jacob Boer

Q. But why are you called a Christian?

A. Because by faith I am a member of Christ and so I share in his anointing. I am anointed to confess his name, to present myself to him as a living sacrifice of thanks, to strive with a free conscience against sin and the devil in this life, and afterward to reign with Christ over all creation for eternity.

Have you ever thought that as a follower of Jesus that you are anointed, meaning that you have been chosen by Jesus to join in the things he’s doing and that he’s using each of us to grow his kingdom and presence here in our community? For a long time, I thought that Jesus could never use me; I was rough around the edges, a high school drop-out, and had a sarcastic way of approaching the world. It took a patient pastor who showed me that Jesus is able to use me as I am to connect with people in our community that most of the members in our church found it hard to: kids from rough backgrounds, parents who were down on their luck, homeless and men wrestling with addictions and loss of self-worth, and they felt comfortable with me.

I’ve learned that we are each equipped to walk alongside different folk, that the very personality quirks we each have are actually quirks that help us connect with others. There is no one that Jesus isn’t able to use to bring shalom, peace, hope and grace to others. So who have you been anointed to reach, how have you been shaped to connect?