God's Armor Bearer Devotional
Written by Terry Nance
If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.
(1 Corinthians 13:7 TLB)
Let's face it. Satan is out to destroy the leader/armorbearer relationship because he knows how powerful it is. A common deception and temptation from Satan that must be guarded against and overcome is the false idea that the leader is more concerned with fulfilling his own personal vision than he is with meeting the needs of his associates and staff members. The lie is that the leader will go to any limits to accomplish his own goal, but will not go out of his way to help meet the goals of those who work with him.
Remember one thing: the vision of the ministry you are called to serve is God's vision, and if He did not think you could fit in with it, He would never have placed you in that ministry to begin with. You will not always get a pat on the back for doing a good job. For believers, our rewards are waiting for us in heaven. Would you prefer for your leader to pat you on the back and say, "Good job," or for Jesus to pat you on the back and say, "Well done, good and faithful servant"? (Matt. 25:21.)
God is a wonderful accountant, and someday the books will be opened and the rewards distributed. I trust that your rewards will be great. They will be determined by your attitude here and now on this earth.
Developing the Spirit of an Armorbearer
Study and meditate on the following verses about rewards:
- "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ" (Col. 3:23,24).
- "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works" (Matt. 16:27).
- "For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward" (Mark 9:41).
- "Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God" (1 Cor. 3:8,9).
Dear God, I am here to serve my leader. Forgive me for those times that I've desired or even sought for his approval. Of course, I want to do those things that bless him, but I realize my reward comes from You. First and foremost I want to please You. When I do that, my leader can't help but be blessed. I am committed to conduct myself in such a way that when I meet You face to face, You will say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." Amen.
Source: God's Armorbearer Devotional by Terry Nance
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers