In Him we also were made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will.
Ephesians 1:11 AMP
One of the first ways to solidify your service and become more effective as an armorbearer is to zero in on God’s purpose for your life with regard to this function. The Scriptures tell us that we have obtained an inheritance because we have been chosen and appointed beforehand in accordance with God’s purpose. When you discover that it is God’s will for you to function in the spirit of an armorbearer, you will develop effectiveness. But you will lose the edge of effectiveness if you are unsure of God’s purpose for your life. Once you discover your purpose, you must then familiarize yourself with that purpose. This is done by studying the Word of God and reading accounts of those who successfully walked in this spirit. It is also good to find living examples of people with like purposes. Ask them questions. Observe the way they function.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Another way of developing effectiveness in the spirit of armorbearing is by being faithful in the service in which you currently find yourself. The “hidden treasures in a field” are those things that are found in the process of being in the “field” working-being faithful.
The “hidden treasures” are the giftings and talents we discover while we are busily serving others. I know this so well. I never knew that I was an author until I worked on the tenth book for my own pastor. My own leadership skills weren’t clear to me until I had faithfully served my own leader for years. This is the joy of a man who discovers treasures while working in the field.
And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
2 Kings 3:11b
How would you like to be remembered? By the effectiveness of your service, or by your title? I hope to be remembered by my service. Elisha is known by two different descriptions:
(1) the son of Shaphat, and
(2) the one who poured water on the hands of Elijah.
The first description speaks of where he was born. Where are you from? Your origin is very important. Who raised you? Who’s your daddy? What is your spiritual heritage? But even more importantly, what are you known for? Whom have you served?
Elisha developed his effectiveness through his commitment, loyalty, faithfulness, character and integrity while serving Elijah’s ministry. Elisha’s reputation preceded him. His service brought validation to his own ministry. There are four powers that are linked to an armorbearer’s effectiveness:
(1) Initiative Power. This is the power of creative works, which causes an armorbearer to take the initiative in service. This is the power of the one who doesn’t wait to be asked to do things, but through observation, discernment, wisdom, and understanding possesses the initiative power to get the job done.
(2) Producing Power. This is the power that kicks into gear after initiative power has run out. After an armorbearer has initiated a task, producing power backs up what is to be done. This power causes an armorbearer to be productive and fruitful. They aren’t just making attempts to do things, but fruit is manifesting in their life.
(3) Staying Power. This is the power of longevity. It grounds an armorbearer in the truth that their spiritual walk is not “magical,” but is a process. This power allows an armorbearer to stay the course. Despite obstacles, setbacks, and disappointments, the servant is able to push on further because they possess staying power.
(4) Capacity Power. This is the power to receive the mandate of God and more. The armorbearer’s capacity power controls how much they can bear under pressure. Their degree of effectiveness is directly proportional to the vastness of their capacity. God enlarges them so that they can effectively serve those whom they have been ordained to serve. How does this enlargement take place? God doesn’t do it publicly. He enlarges their capacity inwardly through experiences, trials, and tests that the armorbearer endures in their own personal life. I like what King David said in Psalm 4:1b, “thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress.” In other words, even when we are experiencing tough times in life, God is yet stretching and enlarging us.
The Faithfulness of the Armorbearer
True armorbearers are extremely faithful to the ones they serve. Their faithfulness in service is the fuel for the zeal upon their lives. The greater level of faithfulness produces a greater quantity of zeal, and zeal is the momentum that allows great exploits to be accomplished.
According to Webster’s dictionary, the word faithfulness means “firmly adhering to duty.” It is being constant in performance, not just in attendance. It is being consistent. In other words, you can count on a faithful person to fulfill their responsibilities. You know they’ll be there for you when you need them. You know they are going to get the job done when they are given an assignment. Inside your heart, there’s an inner certainty that what you have placed in their charge will be properly addressed and completed. Faithfulness is an attribute of a true armorbearer.
I keep using the term true armorbearers because not everyone helping you in ministry is a God-ordained armorbearer. God has called, ordained, and anointed certain individuals in the body of Christ to function as the support for His called and ordained leaders of today. God grants certain individuals the grace (the divine enablement) to function in the position of an armorbearer.
In the life of a true armorbearer, faithfulness is a character quality, a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). However, God does not supply faithfulness for the armorbearer. Only they themselves can supply this faithfulness. God imparts talents and gifts for an armorbearer to enjoy, but He can’t impart faithfulness. The truth is “You can make a faithful man able, but not necessarily can you make an able man faithful. Faithfulness is the natural aspect of an armorbearer’s ministry, and the anointing is the supernatural aspect.
According to 1 Corinthians 4:3, faithfulness is something that has to be proven. That is why leaders everywhere are looking for faithfulness in those who are serving around them. Proverbs 20:6 says that “faithful men (or women) are hard to find.” This is not an absolute decree from God, but an observation by the writer. True armorbearers must work hard to cultivate the fruit of faithfulness in their lives. Faithfulness must become a lifestyle for them.
True armorbearers are to remain faithful to God and His assignment of service. Joshua is a classic example of one who proved to be a faithful armorbearer. Joshua was well-known in Israel during his days as “the servant of Moses.” As a servant, his official responsibilities were to contribute, to serve Moses, and to wait upon his leaders.
Benefits of Faithfulness
There are numerous benefits for armorbearers who walk in faithfulness to the leaders whom they serve. One great benefit is that an armorbearer gets to experience many victories alongside their leader. This is especially beneficial in the lives of armorbearers whom God later uses in other areas of ministry. The victories wrought alongside your leader act as memorials on your own résumé and as points of reference in future days of adversity in your own life.
Other benefits of faithfulness in the service of an armorbearer include the following:
· It preserves them (Ps. 13:23).
· It makes them untouchable (Dan. 6:4).
· It attracts favor with God and man (Ps. 101:6).
· It adds to their strength (Prov. 25:19).
· It adds a refreshing to those they serve (Prov. 25:13).
· It grants them longevity in ministry (1 Sam. 2:35).
· It brings forth promotion in their lives (Neh. 7:1-2; 13:13).