The Test of Leadership
by Clarence Boyd on April 2nd, 2017

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord, He has rejected you as king.” 1 Samuel 15:22-23
In every man there is a king! One might assume from this revelation that since kings have kingdoms, so do men.  These verses testify of the life of Saul who was king over God’s people, Israel.  These verses also reveal that every king’s leadership will be tested.  Every man must respect the fact that even though he has been given authority, he is still under authority.
King Saul made the mistake of choosing to be led by the people rather than leading them. Put another way, the people influenced the king verses the king influencing them. However, the greater mistake was that the king listened to the people instead of heeding the Word of the Lord.  This is the challenge that any leader, and all men, face—who to listen to!
It is obvious that this has been a problem since the beginning. Adam, the first man created by God, also made the mistake of listening to Eve and suffered the same consequence. Adam was banished from the Garden of Eden while Saul was rejected as king. These men serve as examples to other men of how weighty their decisions can be. Every man should take seriously how he represents leadership.
“Notice that God gave His instructions to Saul, and he was to represent God’s will to the people. This was a test of leadership, and God expected Saul to lead. Personal leadership has to do with obedience while corporate leadership is always about vision. God does not just look at what one does in obedience, but also the way in which one does it. This has to do with the ability of the leader to cast God’s vision to the people.” (Page 36)
May every man take heed who he listens to and may every man respect the voices he hears. Then may every man know the voice of God and obey that voice above all others. This is imperative because the only thing at stake is the loss of his kingship and the forfeiture of his kingdom.

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