Have you ever seen a family member, friend, or complete stranger wearing an outfit that makes no sense at all? The clothes don’t match, they’re too big, or a combination of the two. The only thing you can think to yourself or say to them, is What are you wearing? In living out your unique calling, are you trying to wear someone else’s clothes?
I love the old school Adam Sandler movies, and one of my favorites is Big Daddy. Sonny (played by Sandler) has a kid show up on his doorstep one day. After a crazy set of circumstances Julian (the kid), starts living with him.
Sonny even lets him dress himself. He comes out in these hilarious outfits that do not fit, are completely mismatched, and the clothes are ten sizes too big for him because they’re Sonny’s.
All you can ask yourself is, “What are you wearing?”
There’s kind of a similar story in the Bible. If we go back to 1 Samuel we see David going to visit his brothers at the battlefield. That is when the Philistine Goliath shows up to taunt the armies of Israel.
David is not afraid, and Saul eventually lets him go to battle with him, but not before trying to clothe him in his armor.
Then Saul clothed David with his garments and put a bronze helmet on his head, and he clothed him with armor. David girded his sword over his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. So David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.
There’s an important lesson in both of these stories.
How often do you try to clothe yourself in someone else’s clothes, or allow others to force it upon you?
What I mean by “style” is this. Are you trying to imitate the work of someone else instead of dressing in the “clothes” of your own calling?
Are you allowing someone else to clothe you in their armor of expectations, instead of battling this life with how you have trained to fight, or instead of following where you know the Lord is leading you?
Julian was funny to watch because you knew the clothes were not his. He couldn’t walk normal because the shoes were too big, and shirts dragged the floor. Eventually, after coming out of his shell, Julian begins to wear his own clothes.
David threw off the armor because it didn’t fit him. It was designed for a full-grown man, not a youth. You can just imagine him drowning in the armor trying to move.
David surely would have lost the battle if he tried to live under the expectations of what others thought he should do.
David had a specific calling and training on his life. When he walked in the full light of that, he was victorious in his battle against the giant. Because even though it didn’t “make sense” for a youth to go before a seasoned veteran who also happened to be a giant, he was faithful to his calling and trusted the Lord.
We all know the result of that battle.
So, I ask you today, are you trying to wear someone else’s clothes? Are you allowing someone else to clothe you in his or her armor?
I know I’m guilty of it at times. I’ve tried to “wear clothes” that didn’t fit, and it just doesn’t work.
We find the greatest success and fulfillment when we walk in the uniqueness of our calling, and the distinctiveness of our mission.
What are you wearing?