1 Samuel 10:23-24 – 23. And they ran and brought him from there. And when he stood among the people, he was taller than all of the people from the shoulders and upward. 24. And Samuel said to all the people, Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, Let the king live!” (NKJV)

One of the most significant lessons everyone and upcoming leaders need to appreciate is that there is a difference between being anointed and being commissioned. There is a difference between being elected as president and being sworn in as president. A person may be chosen king but until the coronation is done, he will not exercise the power of a king.

Saul had been anointed king, yet only Samuel knew about it. Saul could have gone around from one house to the other, announcing himself as the newly appointed king. He however kept quiet about it and waited for Samuel’s official declaration of it. Eventually, Samuel gathered all the tribes of Israel and announced Saul as king. The people then shouted, Long Live the King”. David was anointed king in his teenage; he was coronated at age 30.

Beloved, if God has called you into ministry; it is good to appreciate that you have been anointed. In fact, it’s important to acknowledge the anointing upon your life. That, however, does not mean you do not need to submit to spiritual fatherhood and receive his blessings as he commissions you.

Irrespective of what God has called you to do on earth, you will need two categories of people: Mentors and Fathers. Most often good fathers assume the role of mentors as well. The mentor has to do with, who you look up to as inspiration for what we are aiming at. A father is not just an inspiration but the one who holds your hands and takes you up there is your father.

I want to admonish us all: especially the rising youth of today. Do not rush to exalt yourself. Instead, humbly allow God to take you through the process. Do not exalt yourself; allow the right personalities to groom and commission you.


Heavenly Father, please grant me Grace to patiently wait for my moment of exaltation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Is it always the case that one has to be commissioned before he or she walks in the anointing?

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