A wonderful pastor from New Orleans recently said to me: “The anointing is on the “Go” and the manifestation is on the other side of the “Go.” The quote reminded me of a few “Go’s” found in Scripture.
- Genesis 12:1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”
- Genesis 22:2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
- John 8:11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
- Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
The anointing is on the “Go” and the manifestation is on the other side of the “Go.” What is Jesus going to say when He surveys our lives and ministries? Some of the most poignant words in Scripture are the words of Jesus in Luke 18:8, when, closing in on the cross, He says: “…when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” It’s almost like He is saying, “After all that I’m pouring out, all I’m giving, all I’m going to sacrifice, will there be those who go? Or will it be in vain? Will there be those who risk everything, obediently engaging God’s assignment, and giving their all, as I have?”
As I examine my life today, am I waiting for the anointing before I go? Do I recognize that the anointing is on the “Go” and the manifestation of that anointing is on the other side of it? Where have I begun to play it safe, rest on my laurels, leave the storming of the beaches to others?
I’ll tell you what has slowed down my “Go” in the past: fear. Like fog on a freeway, fear causes us to slow down and question our call and our assignment. Think about it. When we are young, we tend to be fearless. Sure, we break an occasional arm, but look at the fun and look at the learnings. We often stop learning how to play new instruments, gaining new skills or developing new habits, not because we are physically unable, but because as we age fear sets in.
When it comes to life in the kingdom and life in the Spirit, may the Lord mount us up on wings of eagles and renew our strength and our youthful fearlessness. Never before have we needed a fresh anointing from the Lord as we do today. So, let’s remember, The anointing is on the “Go”—as in go for it—and the manifestation is on the other side.
By: Robert Flores, president of Life Pacific College