David the son of Jesse is undoubtedly one of the greatest kings in ancient Israel. He was known as the man after God’s heart. He led the people with integrity and compassion. Scripture says David served God’s purpose in his generation. I believe there is a lot we can learn from David’s story as we do our purpose especially as regards our relationship with people as we lead them to execute out God-given vision.
For instance, scripture talks about how some men who were regarded as misfits, outcasts and vagabonds came to him at the cave of Adullam. At the end, David transformed these men into mighty men who killed giants and recorded great exploits. I believe the key to David’s success with these people was his ability to lead them from his heart. Let’s break this down into bits.
1. He believed in their potentials.
There was no way David could have influenced those men as much as he did without having faith in them. David constantly gave them challenges to conquer. He constantly told them how much faith he had in them. One day, his people told him how afraid they were to take on a challenge, instead of talking down on them, David went back to God to get an assurance of victory and thereby inspired the people to place a demand on their own potentials. (1 Samuel 23:1-6)
People will perform a lot better if we learn to see their potentials and believe in their capacity to do great things.
2. He committed to helping them grow.
David committed to helping his people get better. He saw their potentials and committed himself to cultivating them. He organized his forces and appointed captains of thousands. He did not make himself the only captain. He empowered others to lead by helping them grow. (2 Sam. 18:1-3)
A lot of people will do better with a little push. You can make a great impact on people if you learn to sow seeds to help them. Supply them with resources and encouragement. Make their growth your priority.
3. He celebrated their role in his journey.
David never underrated the role those men played in his journey to the throne. Even when the men were too tired and could not join the battle, David gave them proceeds from the plunder as if they had fought with him. He recognised the successes they had experienced together in the past. (1 Sam. 30:23-25)
Are there friends, mentors or colleagues who have sowed great seeds that benefit you? Wouldn’t it be great to tell them how much they mean to you once in a while?
There is a story about a famous organist in the 1800s that illustrates the importance of recognizing valuable partnerships. The musician travelled from town to town holding concerts. In each town, he hired a boy to pump the organ during the concert. After one particular performance, he didn’t even shake the boy. Still, the boy followed the organist to his hotel.
“We sure had a great concert tonight, didn’t we?” said the boy.
“What do you mean ‘we’?” said the musician. “I had a great concert. Now why don’t you go home?”
The next night when the organist was halfway through a magnificent fugue, the organ suddenly stopped. The organist was stupefied. Then suddenly, the little boy stuck his head around the corner of the organ, grinned, and said, “We ain’t having a very good concert tonight, are we?”
To effectively do purpose, you must understand that your purpose is only a piece of the whole puzzle. Doing purpose is a people business. If you cannot believe in people, commit to helping them grow and be willing to celebrate them as their growth affects your pursuit, then, your impact will be little and you certainly cannot have a great concert!
What other ways can we maximise the gifts of the awesome people around us? Please share your thoughts. Leave a comment.
I call you blessed!