April 1, 2017

April 1, 2017

1 SAMUEL 18-20

Focus Verse: Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.
1 Samuel 18:8-9

 

This is the goal of every successful leader, and Saul completely misses it. Every successful leader should raise up as many “better versions” of them as they can. I don’t want people around me who are as good as me; I sure don’t want people around me who aren’t capable of being as good as me – I want people around me who are better than me.

 

The problem is, this can only be done with a gospel attitude. Clearly, Saul didn’t have a gospel attitude. When people started singing the praises of David, and Saul’s “numbers” didn’t quite match up, Saul couldn’t put his pride aside. Every successful war campaign that David won wasn’t a victory for Israel in Saul’s eyes, it was a defeat for him.

 

In the church world, we can fall into the same trap. Especially now with social media as integrated into our culture as it is. We compare ourselves to others, we try to measure up to other churches, our victories are for Christ…no one would be so bold as to say anything other than that…but Jesus has to share some of that victory with the name on the front of our building, or the charismatic preacher, or the multiplatinum worship team.

 

I’m not saying there is anything wrong with a charismatic preacher or having an awesomely talented worship team who records albums. Those are great things for the kingdom of God! But you don’t have to be them! You will kill yourself trying to be them! Be the person God created you to be. Lead the ministry He called you to lead.

 

Let David slay the tens of thousands he has been called to slay, and you focus on the thousands that you’ve been called to.

 

We can’t live in God’s Kingdom man’s way.

 

Be obedient to HIM.

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