Guest Post – Carmen Trujillo
We’re Christians, we love God, we live for Him, and we want to do everything possible to empower others to do the same. But the drive to win souls for Christ intensifies when we consider our own children.
We don’t want our kids to waste time tangled up in the things of the world. We don’t want them to use their God given gifts and talents to fulfill the lust of the flesh. Instead, we want them to accept Jesus Christ as their savior in their youth and serve Him throughout their lives. We want them to have boldness and courage to uphold the standard of righteousness. We want them to walk in the calling that God has placed on their lives, so they can complete the work He has chosen for them.
As parents, we happen to be in a prime position to aid our children in their spiritual development. By learning about the anointing of the Holy Spirit and teaching our children God’s law we can prepare our children to walk in their anointing.
Has anybody ever told you that you are anointed? Or maybe you’ve heard people say phrases such as, “I feel the anointing,” or “that song was anointed.” Many variations of these statements can be heard in Christian dialogue. But how many of us know what it means to be anointed or walk in the anointing?
Sure we can use the words in context and have a general understanding of what they might mean, we can probably even quote a few scriptures. But being anointed is more than a nice compliment we receive from time to time. It’s more than singing a great solo or preaching a great sermon.
The problem that we run into when we use these words but don’t study what God means when He says them, is that we restrict the move of God to a feeling or a reaction. Unconsciously we teach our children that they are only walking in the anointing of the Holy Spirit when other people have a certain response.
As mature Christians wanting to impart the knowledge of God into our own children, we have to take the responsibility learn what it is that we are saying to them. We have to stop solely relying on our experiences and traditions to justify our meager understanding of the things of God. We need to dig into the word of God and unearth some of these revelations. Think about it, if someone asked you what it means to be anointed would you be able to answer them?
Even if you were able to pull together a suitable response for the situation, would you be able to walk away knowing that everything you said was the true unadulterated word of God? We can’t teach anything to our children that we are unwilling to learn ourselves.
Fundamentally, walking in the anointing requires salvation. The anointing comes from the Holy Spirit and we only have access to it through our faith in Jesus Christ.
The question then becomes how do we get our children to understand that they need Jesus so they will accept His salvation? In Matthew 19 we see a young man asking Jesus how he can gain eternal life and Jesus tells him to keep the commandments. Later on, in amazement, the disciples ask, “Who can be saved?” Jesus answers, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” In the book of Romans chapters 7 and 8 Paul tells us that the law is good and holy and yet we need deliverance from it because we can’t keep it in our own strength. And because we can’t keep the law, it condemns us to death. Then after describing the struggle between our desires to do what is right and the lust of our flesh, he asks, “Who will deliver me from the body of this death?” The answer… Jesus. He is the only one who can free us, and we are not condemned if we are in Christ.
Teaching our children the law of God while they are young gives them a foundation for righteous behavior. It will also allow them to see the righteousness of God’s law as well as the benefits it brings to those who follow. But ultimately it will show them their inability to follow it entirely without Christ. Even if they think they are following it the Lord will reveal their lack.
When they grow to an understanding of the truth they will see that they need Jesus in order to be whole and complete. Our children have to learn that they need to be saved and that they cannot save themselves. The faster they learn that lesson the faster they can surrender and run after Jesus!
When we are anointed it is God equipping us with the things we need to perform His will. But the anointing happens long before we walk in the office. Each moment we spend teaching our children the things of God provides them a tool to use in the future. Us having wisdom regarding the things of God provides them a valuable resource of godly council.
To prepare our children to walk in the anointing we have to have insight from God himself. The only way to gain that insight is through prayer and study of the word. God has given a charge to prepare the next generation to perform his will. But just as He has charged us He as prepared us. As parents of the next generation of Christians let’s be diligent knowing that God has equipped us and he will equip our children in the days to come.
Guest Post from Carmen Trujillo: “I walk in a spirit of excellence pursuing the purpose God has for my life. My music and ministry is dedicated to the uplifting and edification of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”