“Those who wait on the Lord…shall walk and not faint.”
The word “walk” as used in this passage often refers to the character of the individual. God does not say “be spiritual.”
Before I began to seek the Lord in earnest and desiring to be used of Him, I had a different view of what it meant to be anointed than I do now. When I thought of the anointing, people like Smith Wigglesworth and others who healed the sick and raised the dead came to mind.
While Wigglesworth was greatly used of God, perhaps the most spectacular Christians are those who have impeccable character. It requires much power to be the kind of believer who serves without the desire to be noticed.
Many are willing to lay hands on the sick in front of the congregation, but few will prepare a meal for the sick or turn the other cheek. Many may desire to serve on a church board, but few will refuse to hold a grudge.
The public spiritual gifts of prophecy, healing, and miracles garner more notariety than the gifts of helps, mercy, and hospitality.
The purpose of the gifts is edifying the body of Christ. Nothing edifies individuals more than having a fellow believer go out of his or her way to minister just them.
(I wrote this in July of 1994. Still working on that character thing…)