1 Chronicles 12: How to Be a Leader
We hear a lot of talk today about leadership. Everyone always says that leadership is so important and that it is important for young people today to learn how to be the best leaders of tomorrow. However, how do you go about doing that?
I would say that David was a pretty good leader most of the time, and we get to see one of his secrets in 1 Chronicles 12.
1Ch 12:16 And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David.
1Ch 12:17 And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.
1Ch 12:18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.
People wanted to be with David because he had God with him. He was consistently working to be with God and understand what God wanted him to do. As a result, God helped David, and that is what the people wanted.
They wanted to be with the leader who is aligned with God. In fact, we find out that more and more people kept coming.
1Ch 12:22 For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.
I know that our society today is not as close to God as it should be, but there is a very simple truth here. If we work to be with God, we will be able to lead more effectively. Even if we do not live in a society that values God, we will develop certain characteristics like patience, honesty and love that are necessary for any leader anywhere.
If you want to become a good leader, follow the example of David and stay close to God.