8.15.2016- Saul’s Armor
“Don’t wear Saul’s armor.” The Lord’s gentle voice was clear while praying with our sabbatical care team. It wasn’t the guidance I was expecting.
Saul sought to prepare David for battle with Goliath by providing his own helmet, chainmail shirt, and sword (1 Samuel 17:38-40). The intent of this preparation was appropriate. Goliath would come with sword, spear, and shield to engage in a “winner-takes-all” battle. But those weapons weren’t what God had equipped David with, at that point in his life. David recognized that he needed to enter the fight depending on the strength with which God had prepared him—stones and a sling. And they worked.
“Our strongest gifts are usually those we are barely aware of possessing. They are a part of our God-given nature, with us from the moment we drew first breath, and we are no more conscious of having them than we are of breathing.” —Parker Palmer
In your pursuit of being a skilled minister of the Gospel, it’s important to regularly ask yourself a few revealing questions. Ask a trusted friend to answer these questions for you, too.
Where are you feeling tempted to pick up an ill-fitting method or style to do the work because “that’s how it’s done?”
What has God been developing in you to engage in the work he has for you to do? (Ephesians 2:10)
Passages like Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12, and Romans 12 indicate that each of us have gifts and an important role to play in the Body of Christ. Ignoring our gifts and calling hurts the Body.
David did eventually become a great warrior, equipped and skilled with sword and shield. He also became Israel’s beloved shepherd-king. Both seem to be the result of responding to the call and design of God on his life with disciplined effort to become excellent in what he had been given.
How about you? What are ways that you can discover and pursue excellence with what God has given you?
Listening to your life might be a first step.
Collegiate Regional Director, Northeast Region
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