I’ve spent a lot of time leading worship in different churches and events, and often people have come up to me afterwards and used encouraging phrases such as “I sensed a real anointing of God upon the music this evening” or “That was anointed worship tonight.”

All these words have always been very uplifting and encouraging to me, as well as appreciated. There are even times I believe them to be true. Not because I thought it was amazing, but because I know that’s how God works. Placing His hand upon things that are very ordinary, and using those who are weak.

However, one of my best mates is a joiner and as far as I know he has never had anyone tell him of how his woodwork is ‘anointed’ by God, or how he has a real sense of anointing over his career. Or have you ever heard of an anointed businessman? Or teacher?

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Why not? Is God more interested in music than woodwork? (Not if the career of Jesus is anything to go by anyway!!) Does God just come down and touch the lives and work of those in full time ministry? Or those at the front? Or can He really anoint, touch and bless those every day jobs?

Step forward Bezalel – the Bible’s first anointed joiner:

“I have filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God and have given him the skill, ability and knowledge to do all kinds of work. He is able to design pieces to be made from gold, silver and bronze, to cut jewels and put them in metal, to carve wood, and to do all kinds of work.” Exodus 31

I love the thought of God anointing craftsmen and builders and joiners. And musicians and artists and dancers. And teachers and leaders and businessmen. I have this image of God literally breathing His Spirit into people to provide them with the necessary skill, ability and knowledge to do their work. And not just do it, but do it with excellence.

I heard someone say on Saturday night that the church was the most creative place on earth 200 years ago. Where has that gone to? Can we recover this?

But in the meantime, this Christmas time I just want to take time to applaud the anointed teachers, office workers, dinner ladies, joiners and designers in the church…

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