Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Leaders encourage grass to grow

2 Samuel 23

King David was probably one of the greatest leaders we read of in the Bible and this chapter gives us an insight into his leadership.

David was no one man band. He had great men follow his leadership. Brave men whose loyalty was unshakable and would do anything form him. 3 of them even broke through enemy lines just to get David's favourite drink!

They were with him through think in thin, whilst hiding out in a cave or occupying a palace.

What inspired this loyalty. I think the opening few verses of this chapter gives us an insight:

God told him that: "When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God,4 he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth." - 2 Samuel 23 v 3 - 4

God's role for leaders is not domination or power but that they help their followers to grow and flourish. And maybe just maybe do greater things than them.

The mark of a leaders is not just how many people are following but how you are helping them to flourish.

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