The Gift of Leadership

John Tilton

"At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you." Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?" (1 Kings 3:5 & 8-9)
Solomon had the ability to ask for whatever he wanted. Yet, he chose to ask the Lord to give him discernment in leading God's people and knowing between right and wrong. Furthermore, Solomon's question of "who is able to govern this great people of yours," affirmed that Solomon knew that successful leadership required God's guidance and wisdom. We know that Solomon's choice was a wise one resulting in God blessing him with abundant riches, in addition to wisdom and discernment.
I pondered what I would have asked for if I was in Solomon's place, or even if I was offered a similar situation today where I was offered a lot of success and money versus serving God? I remember my mom always telling me "Johnny, the law of the land is self-preservation." It was her way of telling me that people will always put themselves first, desiring and wanting what would fill and meet their needs rather then others.

I can honestly say that if I was placed in this situation prior to experiencing God and His teachings through my time here at New Hope, I would have definitely chosen money, position or self indulgent things. Although I was raised to be nice to people, I was also raised that people strive for success and wealth.

I am thankful and blessed that over the last thirteen years here at New Hope God has taught me life-changing lessons about who I am and His call on my life. That is the gift that God has placed in the hands of leadership at New Hope. Now, having the privilege and honor to be here on staff at New Hope and to be called by God with the honor of leading people, Solomon's choice of discernment and wisdom from God is a profound desire and prayer for myself in this season of my life. My time here on staff have confirmed that people have to come before task and that the ability to lead people will result in the riches of seeing people change, grow and serve God.
Lord, my prayer is that I will daily remember that you called me to serve you. I've experienced first hand how important it is to lead people well in order to serve you. Please keep my heart humble, not seeking recognition or power, but seeking to further your kingdom in knowing right from wrong and having the gift to lead and build people.

Devotions for May 18

1 Kings 3
2 Chronicles 1
Psalms 78
2 Thessalonians 2

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