I know, I know, being oily sounds weird, but please give me a chance to show you how very cool it is. In keeping with my Being posts, (Salty, Shiny, Fruity, Thirsty) I am now hopefully going to convince you to Be Oily too!
First, some basics. Defined, oil is a greasy liquid. Anoint is defined as applying oil and to consecrate, which is to make or declare sacred; to devote solemnly to a purpose.
While driving home the other day, I was listening to a book on CD. The pastor used the following verse “For this reason, God, your God, has anointed you and poured out the oil of bliss on you more than on any of your friends.” (Heb. 1:9b [TPT]) Which lead me to, “He has anointed you, more than any other, with his oil of fervent joy, the very fragrance of heaven’s gladness.” (Ps. 45:7b [TPT])
The above verses have also been interpreted as the oil of rejoicing.
Wow! We have been devoted to a solemn purpose with the oil of bliss and rejoicing, the very fragrance of heaven’s gladness. Not only that, but it has been poured out on us more that any of our friends and more that any other!
What does this mean to us? We have been given a precious gift, one of rejoicing and one which we must not waste. We must use this oily gift by being the salt and the light to those around us, since we are now glistening with that oil.
In fact, we are commanded to do so.
“My beloved ones, don’t ever limit your joy or fail to rejoice in the wonderful experience of knowing our Lord Jesus! (Phil. 3:1 [TPT])
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4 [TPT])
Since we have more oil being poured on us, we need to keep that in the forefront of our hearts and minds. We need to be aware of that and take advantage of that. Not only when things are going great, but when things are going wrong as well. It says always! Let the bad and hurtful things that are happening to you roll off you like water off a duck’s back.
Now some more oil fun.
Ducks, and some other birds, have a gland (uropygial) that secretes oil. During preening, or grooming, birds gather the waxy oil and distribute it all over their plumage. It serves to maintain and condition their feathers and skin, and in water birds, it waterproofs them. The oil also provides insulation for their plumage.
Now that we too have been waterproofed and insulated with God’s oil of rejoicing, we don’t have to take the negative to heart, it can just roll off us. God is giving us a barrier through rejoicing that stops the awful stuff from penetrating our plumage, ie: spirit.
The constant rejoicing maintains and conditions us to keep our hope focused on God. This is similar to a leave-in oil conditioner for your hair. It soaks into your frizzy, dry and unmanageable soul and provides you a lasting smoothness and shine.
God has given us this gift to be oily for Him. We have been set apart and need to use that. People will notice our manageable smoothness and shine when we are rejoicing always. We can be a glistening testimony of what Jesus can do in a person’s life, when they are anointed with the oil of bliss and rejoicing. Because in doing so, we are also sharing with others the very fragrance of heaven’s gladness, and boy does it smell good!
So be oily my friends, it becomes you!
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