LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM 1 SAMUEL 17 - THE POWER OF A WORTHY CAUSE

 

Leaders don't need a position to make impact and exercise their influence.

First it must be settled that we need a defined purpose to make an impact and without impact there is no influence or leadership.

What was the position of David in the army before he killed Goliath? None. Both in the civic and the military leadership, David had no position but yet he made impact. That was leadership. A position of leadership only gives you a platform either to increase or decrease your leadership influence with people over time. Saul had the position of the king but had no influence of leadership, for leadership influence must be born out of impact and impact is a product of purpose!

All a great leader needs to exercise influence is not position but purpose! David asked, 'is there no cause'? (1 Samuel 17:28-29).

‘And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither?  And with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness?  I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. 29 And David said, what have I now done?  Is there not a cause?

Leadership is born when a man or woman finds a cause what dying for.

Purpose is what transforms followers to leaders. When you discover a cause, a mission, an assignment inspired by God you stop been led by others, circumstances and situations; you begin leading your own life and others according to the dictates of heaven!

How Eliab was wrong about David, he thought maybe David came to see the battle, not knowing that David came to finish the battle! Men of purpose finds a cause worth dying for and give their all in the pursuit of that purpose, they are never spectators in the journey of life! Once they find their cause they are forever on course to finish what they have found!

Jesus said, ‘my meat is to do the will of him that sent me and to finish his work’(John 4:34)

Leadership therefore begins with the discovery of a purpose, your purpose, a cause worth dying for!

Myles Munroe in his book, The Spirit of Leadership put it this way, ‘True leadership passion is the discovery of a belief, reason, idea, conviction, or cause not just to live for, but also to die for, which focuses on benefitting mankind as a whole.’ This is why when Esther found her own ‘cause’ her life matter not to her again.  She declared: if I perish I perish – she found a cause worth dying for!

Jesus came for a purpose and the pursuit of that purpose was what made him the greatest leader to ever walk the face of the earth. Today over 2billion people worldwide follows this simple man from Nazareth.

 

How Eliab was wrong about David, he thought maybe David came to see the battle, not knowing that David came to finish the battle! Men of purpose finds a cause worth dying for and give their all in the pursuit of that purpose, they are never spectators in the journey of life! Once they find their cause they are forever on course to finish what they have found!

It is no surprising he came naturally from the lineage of David! The lineage of men of purpose. David asked, 'Is there not a cause...'. Men who lived for a cause hardly experience a loss of direction in their lives. They live to be great leaders!

During times of crisis ordinary men have often find purpose that drives them into new heights of leadership! This has been the pattern for all true leaders the world has ever seen, it begins with the discovery of a purpose, a cause that is passionately pursued to the point it inspires others to be part of and fulfil on a greater scale.

The world is in crisis in every strata of human society, needing new leaders to give it new direction and purpose, new solution and new ideas. Men who will rise beyond the mundane demands of day to day living, men who will find purpose in the midst of crisis and inspire a change that will impact generations after them!

This second leadership lesson we can glean here from 1 SAMUEL 17: FIND PURPOSE TODAY AND TAKE YOUR PLACE! OCCUPY!!

 

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