Wade E Taylor
"For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many
wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many
noble, are called ... that no flesh should glory in
His presence." I Co 1:26-29
The person who ministers the Word of God feeds upon the Lord
to receive. Those who sit under this minister then feed upon
him to receive the Word.
The "anointing" quickens and imparts the Word as
it is spoken. "Charisma" is the quality that makes
this messenger "taste" good to those who feed upon
him to receive the Word. Thus, anointing relates to the Word,
but charisma to the person who ministers the Word.
Very few of those who were born with, or naturally have charisma
are called by the Lord to minister His Word. Rather, He chooses
those who are lacking, but who will seek Him to develop this
quality, that the glory will be the Lord's alone.
At one time or another, each of us has met someone whom we
instantly felt we disliked. Many years ago, I had this reaction
toward a young man who came to Pinecrest. Later, I realized
that the way in which he presented himself would easily cause
this to happen. He was just plain obnoxious.
I often worked in my office until late at night. Before going
home, I walked through the buildings to be sure all was well.
Almost every night, I noticed this young man alone in a classroom,
seeking the Lord.
As I observed this, night after night for over a year, his
personality gradually changed. He often had a very encouraging
word from the Lord to share in Chapel. Later, he began to
minister in different churches and today, he is well liked
and has a very successful ministry.
Because he spent much time in the presence of the Lord, his
nature was changed, and the Lord imparted within him "charisma"
- the ability to be liked. No matter what our state of being
may be, we cannot lose when we spend quality time in the presence
of the Lord.
"And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob,
but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God
and with men, and hast prevailed." Gen 32:28
When Jacob, the deceiver, met the Lord, his personality was
Another student, who had a very desirable personality, took
the Lord for granted. The Lord blessed his ministry with a
visitation and as a result, he became proud. He not only lost
the visitation, but also the church.
When we are spending much time in prayer and in waiting on
the Lord, we may feel that we are wasting time; but later,
the spiritual depth and quality gained during these times,
will not only strengthen us in times of difficulty, but will
bring us into a higher realm of spiritual understanding and
During the time we spend in the presence of the Lord, He
works within us to correct hidden, potential problems before
they surface to create strained relationships, and hinder
The Lord does not choose us because we have a desirable personality,
but rather because there is a hunger and desire within us
that will cause us to spend time in His presence, that we
might be changed.
"And base things of the world, and things which are
hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to
nought things that are." I Cor 1:28
Many of us are convinced that the Lord would never use us
because we do not have the necessary personality traits for
Him to do so. But all we need do is to wait in His presence
to receive whatever we may need. And believing, we will indeed
"Another parable put He forth unto them saying, the
kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed
which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed
is the least of all seeds." Matt 13:31-32a
Our desire to serve the Lord can be compared to this grain
of mustard seed. No matter how small it may be (our desire
to serve the Lord), all that is needed is exposure to the
right elements. As the Son shines upon it, and the rain of
the Holy Spirit falls upon it, it will grow. Thus, it is not
how much we have, but rather, what we do with what we have
To minister does not necessarily mean that we must stand
in a pulpit. We may experience tremendous ministry results
just by speaking the Word of the Lord to another, one on one.
Once we become active in this way, the things of this world
will become secondary and our ministry, primary.
First, we are to wait upon the Lord to receive His word.
Next, we are to wait upon Him to anoint this Word. Then, we
wait for Him to lead us to the right person with whom to share.
Finally, we are to wait upon the Lord to impart "charisma,"
that the word which we are to speak will be received.