Norm Hendricks came out of the water having baptised a new Believer in a nearby lake. A humble woman who happened to be in their team greeted Norm with the words, ‘I see that you are covered with the glory and anointing of God’.
JESUS IS TOTALLY LORD OR NOT LORD
Mr Hendricks was surprised. He did not normally ‘see’ such things. He had felt nothing, seen nothing and done nothing out of the ordinary. Or maybe not. Norm always placed loyalty to Jesus at the top of his list. He did not allow loyalty to his church, His parents beliefs or loyalty to the orthodoxy of the denomination in which he was raised to take priority over his practice of following Jesus where ever He might lead. Norm did not live inside the idol of a self-made fence. Certainly Norm never submitted to the fiction that by retaining Himself in his own ideas he was following Christ.
CHRIST FILLING HIM
Citing a similar experience, Leanne Payne writes, “The church’s rector had invited me [to preach], and I quickly saw that he was one who had suffered a great deal for his faith and for his faithful promulgation of it among the liberal and unbelieving. He had invited me in hopes that there could be renewal in his parish, even though he was finally leaving it to go to another parish where faith accompanied the Scriptures and Sacraments. He hoped that another minister could do for this congregation what he felt he had failed to do.
As we began our meetings on a Sunday morning, with the sunlight dancing in great streams through exquisitely coloured cut-glass windows, he celebrated the Eucharist before a crowded church congregation. During the prayer over the elements, I looked up to where he was officiating, and I saw not only him but Christ Himself filling him. My spiritual eyes were opened as in a vision, and I saw his “Spiritual Man,” his spirit in union with Christ, as a little larger than his natural, physical body.” (1)
Jesus said, ‘The pure in heart will see God.’ This is to say the single minded towards Christ will know God as God is and be drawn into the truths that are the revelation of Himself and His complete gospel, thus allowing Jesus to lose them from shibboleths and misunderstandings that veil who He is for them and wh0 they are in Him.
Payne is speaking here of the incarnation which is real even though it cannot always be seen, and constant because it does not depend on the anointing because it is the soil of the anointing and the reality in which we are all embedded in Jesus Christ. Whether it is real for us depends on whether we want it to be real and whether we are astute and humble enough to have Christ entirely as our life rather than as bits of it.