1 Samuel 18:10-16

Saul Tries to Kill David

10 The next day an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand; 11and Saul threw the spear, for he thought, ‘I will pin David to the wall.’ But David eluded him twice.

12 Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul. 13So Saul removed him from his presence, and made him a commander of a thousand; and David marched out and came in, leading the army. 14David had success in all his undertakings; for the Lord was with him. 15When Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in awe of him. 16But all Israel and Judah loved David; for it was he who marched out and came in leading them.

Jealousy destroys relationships. Saul’s jealousy of David changed the course of the nation of Israel. As a leader Saul failed.   Saul was focused on David’s work rather than focusing on his own responsibilities.  Saul was the king and had the right and responsibility to lead the army into victory.  When he gave up this responsibility he also gave up an opportunity to fully experience the power of God to propel him into his destiny.

Leaders are called to be attentive to their responsibilities David was operating in his giftedness and being attentive to the tasks that were given to him.  Instead because David was focused on his call and his tasks he walked into his God given destiny.

Whose responsibilities are you focused on?  Has jealousy clouded your vision of God’s vision and destiny for your life? Leaders, clarify your vision and have a plan for accountability to achieve the vision.  Begin the process by spending time in prayer and meditation.

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Church Leader’s Five Must-Do’s for Every Day

Bill T-B | August 12, 2008

It’s said that the average leader spends 80 percent of their time doing little that will further their mission. That means that the important stuff gets short shrift by a bunch. What would happen if the average leader spent 80 percent of their time on the real important stuff … on those tasks that would further their mission the most? Well, they wouldn’t be average leaders anymore. They’d be excellent, high powered leaders.

Before I reveal the five things every church leader must do every day, let me remind you of the one thing every leader must have before they can even be as good as an average leader. This is Curley’s “one thing” that you have to figure out. The One Thing is your personal mission … your purpose … the reason you get up each morning. The sad reality is that most leaders I work with fumble around, mutter a bit, and get flustered when I ask them what their mission is. How can a leader know when they’re on task or not if they don’t know what their mission is? How can you know what tasks are important and which tasks are not if purpose is a mystery? It’s been said that without a mission, we live in a fog and simply respond to whichever foghorn is loudest at any given moment. So, what’s your mission? If you can’t spit it out immediately with conviction and commitment, stop reading now and go get it figured out. (BTW, my mission is to be a source for spiritual transformation … it’s not only what I do, it’s who I try to be). CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE

The Disciplines of a pastor committed to making disciples includes each of the five steps that my friend Bill T-B describes. I really appreciate the self disclosure of his personal mission statement and the challenge to raise our leadership skills above the average