The Apostle John makes an interesting statement in his first letter. He says it is time to grow up and take responsibility for your faith.
Now you are probably scratching your head and trying to recall where he exactly said that. Well, he didn’t exactly say it in those terms, instead John wrote:
We live in the day of superstar Christianity.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not against the mega pastors, anointed prophets, teachers and healing evangelists. There are a few that I enjoy listening to, and in fact I believe we need more of them.
And I think this is the point that the Apostle John was trying to make. As believers, we have relied too much on the professionals to build the Christian faith.
In the early church, they had their superstars like the Apostle Paul, Apollos and the other 12 apostles. People were bringing cloth and aprons to the Apostle Paul, so he could touch them and then taking these items back to the sick who were instantly healed and even delivered of demons (Acts 19:12).
So similar to today, it was easy to fall into the trap of letting the professionals build the Kingdom of God.
But John was trying to make the point that YOU are anointed. The people sitting in the pews every Sunday morning are anointed by the same Holy Spirit that anoints the superstar Christians.
And then John makes this point that this anointing abides in you and this is the point that many of us miss.
We see this demonstrated in the healing of the woman with the issue of blood. The woman was desperate and had been to many doctors, but believed that if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be healed.
She pushed her way through the crowd, grabbed Christ’s robe, and was instantly healed. Then Jesus made this startling statement:
Jesus was functioning as fully man on earth, filled by the Holy Spirit and this verse tells us that the healing of this woman did not drop down from heaven, but it came from the Holy Spirit inside Jesus.
And that applies to you as well. The healing and power comes from the Holy Spirit deposit in you — the healing and anointing flows out of you.
But I think that the biggest problem hindering this anointing flowing out of us is unbelief, that only the superstar Christians have this anointing.
This is a lie.
You have the same Holy Spirit inside you as the superstars do.
When John said you have no need of anyone to teach you, he was talking about how it is time for us to grow up. It is time for us to quit being the receiver, but start being the doer.
Was John saying that we shouldn’t listen to Bible teachers?
He was saying the same Holy Spirit that gives teachers revelation, will give you revelation as well.
John is challenging the mindset that God will only use the superstars.
It is time for believers sitting in the pews to step out in their anointing and just start doing it.