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Saturday/Sunday: March 13, 2019

David the King

Now the LORD said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king. (1 Samuel 16:1)

When Samuel anointed David to be the next king of Israel he was only a boy, but the Lord was already preparing him to lead. David learned that the key to leadership was submitting to the Lord as his authority, and not being afraid to serve others. David was entrusted with sheep to tend, and he did that well. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death” (1 Samuel 17:34-35).

“With power, comes great responsibility!” (Spiderman). “In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites” (2 Samuel 11:1). David forsook his responsibilities as king and decided he was entitled to some “me time.” From that point on David’s life would never be the same.  

“Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him” (John 13:3-5). Jesus is the greatest King and He demonstrated what real leadership looks like. Jesus never let fame, temptation, power, or an entitlement-mentality move Him from His ultimate purpose. Jesus stayed the course all the way to the Cross!

Question: Are you more interested in building your kingdom or being about Jesus’ Kingdom?

Challenge: Stay the course and don’t let pride be the tool in which you lead by because if that is the case you will find yourself only going for a walk with no one behind you.

Prayer: Jesus, keep me fully dependent upon you and not one ounce on myself.

Brian Hommel, Chapel Leader -- Arizona Diamondbacks

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