"If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it?.." - Proverbs 24:12 (NIV).
A long time ago there was a belief that to make a leader you had to fit a certain bill in terms of physical look. For example, according to one managment theory to be leadership material you had to be the tallest of all, with other commanding physical characteristics like being the most handsome. Think of professional wrestlers who going by this theory would make the leadership cut!
Don't think we are being just funny. When Israel rejected God and demanded a king, do you know how Saul came about? "Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone" (I Samuel 9:2). Later, "Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people.” Then the people shouted, “Long live the king!" (1 Samuel 10:24).
Well, inspite of his gigantic stature Saul was a disaster that after a series of gaffes, "Samuel said to him, “I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel!” (I Samuel 15:26).
In place of Saul in comes David. But is he a giant? Well, the irony is David's first major appearence is by taking on Goliath, a giant who was terrorising Israel. David defeated Goliath because, as he said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied" (I Samuel 17:45). Long story short the giant was slain by a couple of stones, catapulting David to become the man to replace Saul.
Saul lost the kingship because "the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7). And as for David, "God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do" (Acts 13:22).
Have your heart in the right place and you are the leader God is looking for. Forget about what the world thinks!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, make my heart yield towards you, that I become the leader you want, this I pray in Jesus's name!
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“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.
The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).
The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).
Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.
And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).
When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!
Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.