The custom in biblical times was to anoint the dead body with oils and aromatic herbs. An act of love and kindness in the Jewish tradition, it also signified the preservation of a person’s honor through an appropriate burial. Its use also helped fight the effects of the rapid decomposition.
Another definition of “anoint” by Merriam-Webster is “to choose by; designate.” How can we accomplish a modern-day “anointing” of Christ? By choosing and designating Him to reign and rule in our lives!
The sweet aroma of the Holy Spirit living through us will reach and change the most troubled individual, as well as shed His light abroad to those who’ve never even heard His name, much less know of His resurrecting power.
May you and yours experience His anointing in your lives, and may you respond by anointing Him through choosing Him as Lord and Savior.
Dr. David M. Griffis was elected to a four-year term as the Director of Church of God World Missions in July 2016. He has been an ordained minister of the Church of God since 1977. Since that time he has pastored, served as State Evangelism and Home Missions Director in Oklahoma, State Youth and Christian Education Director in Oklahoma, South Georgia and South Carolina and as Administrative Bishop of West Virginia and Tennessee. He has also served on numerous state, regional, national and international boards and committees. Elected to serve as International Director and Assistant Director respectively of Youth and Christian Education. He has also been elected to serve four terms on the Council of Eighteen. In 2008 he was elected as Third Assistant General Overseer followed by his election as First Assistant General Overseer in 2012. He is married to the former Judy Cochran.