“So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off”
1 Samuel 17:38-39, NKJV.
David came to realize that he couldn’t use the armor that Saul used for his own fight. It worked for Saul, but it wouldn’t work for him. It fit Saul, but it didn’t fit him. Saul fought with it, but David said that’s not what I fight with. I need to use what God has given me. I can only be myself.
Our most effective ministry, our happiest place in life, has and always be found within being ourselves. You are not ordained to be someone else. You are ordained to be you. You are called to be you. As long as you try to be another man, like David, it won’t work for you. Use your own God-given gifts and talents, your own personality and your abilities, your own God-given way to make an impact for God.
There are a lot of mighty men God is using in great ways. There are men advancing God’s kingdom, being used on their jobs, friends and among their families. Yet, they aren’t trying to be someone else, or doing it the way someone else is doing it. They aren’t better or more intelligent. They are just being themselves and doing it the way God told them to.
Like David, be a man that is confident in how God made you. Be a man that will trust you have what you need already to do great things right where we are. In your church, company, family, and among all those that you know, just be yourself and watch God cause you to thrive.
Prayer: Father, help me to be myself. You didn’t call me to be another man. You called me to be this man and I will be confident in who you created me to be. I am a great man how you made me and the gifts you’ve given me. I thank You for winning as I allow You to use me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: 1 Samuel 17:38-40, Psalm 139:14