1 Samuel 17:38-40Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
As I read this passage the other day, I got a disturbing revelation from the Lord hence the title of this message. Some are forsaking their mantles, calling, gifts and assignments in search of ‘black market’ mantles. They pursue what another minister has because of who they are in the public eye. Be Jesus focused and not self or man focused. God prepared them for their respective offices. They have the grace to walk in their calling and the anointing to carry their mantles and when warfare comes, they are graced to face it and come out victoriously.
Do you remember Joseph?Which one of his brothers could have walked in his shoes? None because only he was chosen to step into that office. (Genesis 37-47)
What He put in your life, you cannot revoke – Shawn Bolz
I absolutely love what Shawn Bolz says…you can’t revoke what God put in you. Friend, why not rest in who God has called you to be? Embrace the gifts and calling on your life. Honor God by stepping into the office you’re called to and serve Him wholeheartedly. Ministry isn’t the platform – Blake Sitz once said. How true those words are.
God did not create us to be copycats, He created us to be masterpieces. We are uniquely fashioned to be exactly as He desired us to be. Our calling and gifts are ordained by Him and they are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29) The 5-fold isn’t the only way one can serve God, there are many members but one body and each one is important. 1 Corinthians 12:14-18 I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it. (MSG)
Think about this – only those who are wearing the right shoes know how the shoes fits and can operate in them. I can’t wear a size 8; it’s too big, I can’t wear a size 5 shoe because it’s too small. I can only wear my shoe size, it fits me perfectly. Likewise, I cannot operate under anyone’s calling or anointing because God has given me a unique calling and anointing that fits and suits what He has called me to do. The same goes for you.
David is an amazing example. King Saul’s armor (mantle) didn’t fit, it wasn’t his… (“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.) Had he approached Goliath wearing it, he would have been toast. He had to use what was familiar to him, what God had given him to defeat the giant. God had already prepared Him to walk in his shoes (office) and he was victorious in what he did.
What people don’t realize is what goes on behind the scenes. You don’t know the amount of warfare a minister faces and when you go searching for what you’re not equipped for, you cannot handle what comes with it. When God calls us, He gives us the grace to walk out our calling meaning we are able to handle what comes with the office. A school teacher cannot go to the battle ground because she/he doesn’t have the proper training, the calling is in the classroom, not the battle field.
You cannot walk in someone else’s mantle, calling because you don’t have the grace for that. The anointing for that office doesn’t rest on you unless you’re a recipient of that mantle. Instead of pursuing what belongs to another, seek God for your portion. Ask, seek and knock on His door for your calling. Don’t be a copycat, be an original, Gods masterpiece. Just because your calling doesn’t fall within the 5-fold doesn’t mean you’re not as important. If anything, some of the strongest organs cannot be seen, they are hidden. Don’t forsake your calling, stay in your lane and let God use you. In whatever area He’s called you, you will excel.
Do not despise your calling. Do not discard your gifts. Don’t run from your office. Stay in your lane and above all, pursue His heart.
~ Love and blessings!