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After His Own Heart

AfterHisOwnHeart_insEmbracing your journey as a leader

The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be Commander and Leader over His people … —1 Samuel 13:14

The HEART is at the center of any kind of effective leadership. A heart that is overflowing with the greatest commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all you heart and all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37). A heart that is sanctified through the Holy Spirit. A heart that loves the Word of God. A heart that is humble and teachable is the kind of heart that God calls into leadership. This happens through seasons of prayer and time set apart with God.

As a shepherd boy, David loved and trusted the Lord with all his heart. The foundation of our spiritual journey in becoming the leader God calls us to be starts with that kind of heart.

A trusting heart shapes our leadership skills. David trusted God with every opportunity that God laid before him.

I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. —Psalm 16:8

David writes that it is God alone who grafted us together in our mother’s womb and knows every detail of our strengths and our weaknesses. He has called and equips us to be leaders.

In many cases, we have responsibilities and leadership assignments that are outside our comfort zone. When we don’t feel gifted or equipped for those moments, we often want to hide under a rock somewhere. Then comes the gentle reminder that it is God’s grace, the power of the Holy Spirit and the strength of God’s Word that supernaturally equips us for whatever task is at hand.

We all face our own trials and difficult seasons. Though we often don’t like going through them, it is in those seasons that we see the master potter shaping and setting our deepest strengths and our deepest trust.

Like David, we can confidently know that He walks with us each day, He guides us in our leadership roles, and He supplies us with everything we need to get the task done.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. —Psalm 43:5

King David had his seasons, but even more, he had this incredible prayer life that you can see all through the Psalms. His prayer life sustained him through his life experiences. His trust in God helped him develop into a leader. Anointed with an overcoming faith, David stood on the promises of God.

We too face difficulty, disillusionment, rejection, extreme frustration, and pain that may cause us to question our purpose and even ask if God has abandoned us. This is when we respond like David and pray:

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen our heart; wait, I say, on the Lord? Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. —Psalm 27:13–14 NKJV

by Envoy Kelly Roberts, Greater New York Division’s Secretary for Spiritual Life Development

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