Saul dressed David in his armor thinking that was the only way David would defeat Goliath.
Adam tried to convince God that Eve made him eat the apple.
Once he had the armor on, David knew right away that he could never win the battle wearing someone else’s armor.
God wasn’t fooled by Adam. He knew exactly who said and did what – regardless of who they were trying to hide behind.
Have you ever said “I could do this, but can’t because of ‘them’. Or, “If only THEY hadn’t done X, then I could do Y.”
Excuses as a form of borrowed armor
That the blame game of blaming others for not fulfilling your purpose and destiny. Those are excuses and they don’t fly with God.
Another form of excuse is to hid in someone elses armor. Trying to use their wealth, their prestige and honor as a way to get ahead. Or stealing someone’s idea and running with it as your own.
A spouse thinks their husband/wife’s virtue will get them into heaven.
The husband or wife lets the spouse handle all the financial decisions and has no clue what’s going on with the finances
When we allow others to speak for us and act for us.
Those are examples of living in borrowed armor.
Not stepping into our calling
Another way of living in borrowed armor is when we don’t step into God’s calling for our life. I am a firm believer that we all have a calling. Our ultimate calling is to spread the Love of God. But, we have our jobs, careers and tasks that God calls us to do. The man who is the joyful janitor on the floor of the office building. The CEO who seeks GODspiration for the leading of their company. Those jobs or careers can be callings. I know. I’ve met janitor and more than once he ministered to me all the while doing his job in and with joy. He KNEW it was his calling.
But, when we allow others to live our life and engage IN life and live vicariously through them, we are living in Borrowed Armor.
Take for instance the person who works at the frame shop to be around artists. Secretly, she has a deep and unmet desire to be an artist. She is living in borrowed armor.
I could give a long list of examples of people who ‘work’ in jobs, to be close to something they ‘wish’ they could do. The editor who really wants to write his first book. The secretary at the Women’s shelter who wants to start her own life coaching business. Can you think of one? Maybe it’s you?
Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” That’s because when he makes your armor, it’s tailored exactly for you.
You don’t need to wear the armor that belongs to someone else. When we live authentically, He will give you YOU armor if you will step into it.
The Master Tailor will make it for you.
When she’s not sweeping dog hair, experimenting in the kitchen, or doodling on paper, Kim C. Steadman is writing. She is a self-proclaimed cubicle-nation escapee and now lives her childhood dreams. Kim is a freelance writer, speaker and ministers alongside her family in Grand Prairie, TX. The acreage she and her husband care-take includes woods, fields and critters — all of which weave themselves into her writings.