The word anointing comes from the Hebrew word ‘mashach’ which means to smear or daub a liquid substance over something. In the ancient world people used to smear oil over their bodies on sunny days as means of saving the body the effect of the heart. This was done by using any ordinary oil or grease, but as development and civilization increased refined perfumed oils were used. Ordinarily, using pomade or perfumes on our bodies may be referred to as anointing the body.
But the reason for anointing changed over time, especially, now with religious connotation, and in the Old Testament times, both human beings and things were anointed. People were anointed as kings, as prophets and as priests. The act of anointing pointed to consecrating or setting apart objects and persons for divine purposes and divine offices. Kings were anointed for their coronation, and priests and prophets were anointed for their ordination. The belief is that power or authority is imparted to the person so anointed from the spirit of God in whose name the anointing is performed and indeed the spirit of God is imparted to him to gain ability to perform the lord’s service. Priests were therefore referred to as ‘the anointed priest’ or kings as ‘the anointed of the lord’. In the Psalms, David was referred to as the anointed of God at least six times. In prophesies about the Messiah, he was referred to as the ‘Anointed one’, pointing to his office as the designated savior of Israel. Indeed the word Messiah comes from the word mashach and it means ‘the anointed one’.
In the New Testament, two Greek words aleipha and chrio have been used for anointing or to anoint, and here sick people were anointed for healing (Mark 6:13; James 5:14) and bodies of the dead were anointed (Mark 14:8 and 16:1, Luke 23:56). The New Testament also introduces another level of anointing – the anointing not with oil or spices but by the Holy Spirit. Jesus introduces himself as anointed by the spirit of the lord for service. He was called the anointed one. In this case, God was the one who did the anointing. Christians are also anointed by God, the Holy One. This anointing is done by God placing his spirit in our hearts to make us his own. In this sense, all true Christians are anointed of the Lord by the Holy Spirit. All those who in their baptism have had a covenant of renewed conscience with God have been anointed with the Holy Spirit. This includes our Christian children who are genuinely inclined towards God and Jesus Christ, who declared that the Kingdom of God belongs to them and are sincerely following the teachings of the church. As the lord’s anointed children we can see in their life the lord’s hand and anointing on them.
The role of the parents in the upbringing of the anointed child
- Their lifestyles should reflect what the bible says; setting good examples for them.
- Regular devotions; and teaching the word.
- Time for children reference: the short story of a little boy.
- Investing prayer into their future.
- Providing their basic needs, both physical and emotional.
- Proper training (Ephe 6:4)
The role of the church in the upbringing of the anointed child
- Equip parents in the way they should handle and bring up their anointed children
- Provision of acceptable curriculum, teaching and learning materials
- Train teachers to teach the children in the way of the Lord
- Provide teaching’s concentrate on making both parents and teachers conscious of the fact that they are part of the anointed people and must be anointed parents and teachers to be able to help the anointed child.
The role of the children and junior youth teachers
- Teachers must constantly be aware of the adage “the crab does not give birth to a bird”. It is only anointed teachers who can produce anointed children
- Every teacher must be a worshipper of God and one who seeks the face of the Lord through prayer and supplication and through the study of the word
- They must be aware of the special needs of the children and seek solutions to their problems
- They must see the handling of the anointed child as a delicate thing because Christ’s warning that it will be better for one to have a mill stone hung around his neck and be thrown into the sea than to cause any of these little ones to sin (Matthew 18:6)
- The teacher must therefore be sincere in his service to the lord.
The role of the anointed child
The anointed child importantly needs to become conscious of his or her status as a child anointed of God and appreciate it in order to grow and develop in it. The anointed child must:
- Love the Lord and desire to grow into a good child of God. (loving the lord means obeying his word and seeking to be where his word and service is): reference: (Deut 6:4-8;5)
- Be obedient to his/her parents, guardians, school teachers and children and JY leaders. Reference: the story of Samuel and the bible test.
- Develop a life of prayer and study the word of God. Reference: “QUIET TIME”.
- Take his/her education seriously. In this way there will be a reflection of the anointed lifestyle of a Christian in the child life.
- Be humble. Reference: the bible test, 1 Peter 5:5-7. Explain humility according to Peter. Give scenarios like when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples (John 13:1-20; 13-16). Speak about how God hates proud people (Prov 6:16-19) and conclude.The concept of anointing in Christianity depicts the pouring of the holy spirit upon all God’s people, the church, including our children. By this anointing everyone has been sealed with the Holy Spirit and made God’s own people set apart for his service. The realization of this call for conscious efforts to keep ourselves as the anointed people of God and to bring up our children who have been anointed with us to grow and live in this life of total commitment and service to our God in the power of the Holy Spirit.