I. THE EXAMPLE OF DAVID (2 Samuel 6:1, 1Kings 14:8 )
He who wants to be successful should study the success stories of successful people. If anyone wants to succeed as a leader of God’s people, he or she should pick leadership hints from David, a man after God’s heart and a model of godly leadership. If you do you are already on your way to leading aright.
A. FOLLOWED GOD WHOLEHEARTEDLY (1 KING 14:8)
…….”My servant David, who kept my commands and follow Me with all his heart, doing only what was right in My eyes.” 1 Kings 14:8
God’s expectation is high on leaders who should be teachers of His people. He did a comparison on second kings who reigned at different times in Israel. Jeroboam was divinely chosen but failed God as a mentor of His people
Conversely, David, though long gone, became a centre of reference. How did David win God’s heart? These three important things he did that made God consider him as a real model of disciple-makers.
1. Kept God’s commands
2. Followed Him wholeheartedly
3. Did right. David understood God and feared Him.
How he fearlessly and faithfully shepherded his father’s sheep in the bush portrayed the type of leader he would be — obedient and loyal to the leadership of both God and his parents. Only leaders who follow GGod wholeheartedly can guide others to God, selflessly helping them to become their best in Him..
Wholeheartedly devotion matters a lot in whatever one does in, with and for God. It is being totally with our body, soul, and spirit, in God’s will. No Christian leader succeeds without that kind of devotion.
B. LED THE PEOPLE TO GOD (2 SAMUEL 6:1)
“David and the whole house of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with songs with harps, lyres, tambourines, sistrums and cymbals.” (2 SAMUEL6:5)
When the righteous rule, people rejoice. David did not follow God alone. He helped his subjects to do same. No leader who is truly enjoying the blessing of God’s presence can be comfortable with his followers lagging behind in their walk with the same God.
The ark was a symbol of God’s presence. David mobilized the people to move it to Jerusalem, in the furtherance of its recovery from the loss in the 1 Samuel 7:1,2 and led them to worship the Lord. A godly man or woman is a disciple-maker who shifts his followers’ attention to God, their maker.
Though the ugly incident of Uzzah”s death made David sulk at first, He gladly competed the restoration after discovering the right path. True leaders do not relent in their efforts to guide people to God.
By the time he was finally handing over the mantle of leadership, he encouraged the people to continually bless God. He mobilized them to give towards the building of God’s house. He led both the people and his son in the path of true worship. What a lasting legacy David left!
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega. He is the one that leaders must draw the attention of people everywhere to. Those who focus the attention of God’s people on themselves should not be in leadership.
May our good God of Israel bless you all as you are reading this message.
Pastor Abel Oyewale
Abba Father International Fellowship-Nigeria
PASTOR ABEL OYEWALE
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