At the mention of the word “leader”, we are prone to think superiority or one’s position in the hierarchy of a company; perhaps a bossy know-it-all individual or one who manages people. For now, my favourite definition of the word leader is “a person who influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal.” By its basic meaning, a leader is someone who goes first and leads by example so that others are motivated to follow.
King David without hesitation was a great leader; people loved him before he was made a king. Most of us reading this will never have the prospect of being kings and queens, however, we are presented with many opportunities in this life to lead in different ways so why not take a few tips from one of the greatest leaders in 1 Chronicles 22.
God told David he wasn’t going to be the one to build the temple of God, yet this didn’t deter him; he still went ahead to make preparations for whoever was going to be entrusted with the task. Knowing Solomon was inexperienced, David utilised his remaining time on earth as king by laying down some foundation for Solomon. The truth is, David understood the temple of God had to be built regardless of who did the building; it was beyond himself, exceeding his personal ambitions and aspirations. With this mind-set and revelation, he used the rest of his time to gather building materials and tools for Solomon.
In this era, we find that some people when leaving office or a position do not feel obligated to put measures in place or leave a strong foundation for the next person to build on. Some prefer to leave things anyhow and go as far as hoping things fall apart in their absence, so that people will know they were the “best”. This is never the quality of a leader. A leader always has in mind the overall purpose or agenda and never allows personal glory and fame to get in the way.
When David was done gathering all the required materials needed for the temple, he passed them on to Solomon, advised and then prayed for him. He made Solomon aware that the things he had gathered to enable him build the temple didn’t come easy; it took pain and sacrifice. As a leader, it is very important to pass on key information and share every other experience that you know will be helpful with others. One should never assume that whatever they attained is for them to keep. Most importantly, David prayed for Solomon. If Solomon was ever going to fulfil the will of God, he needed empowerment from God Himself.
Now that David had done all he could, it was up to Solomon to build the temple. Everything including the materials and workmen he needed were already provided; all he had to do was put them to use. If you find yourself assuming the position of someone who like David, made the efforts and sacrifices to help you fulfil your purpose, never take that for granted. Build on the foundation they laid for you and do the same for the next person. Don’t disregard their efforts and hard work by doing things anyhow. David after all the preparation couldn’t force Solomon to build the temple. Solomon could also have decided to use the materials for something else other than the temple of God but he knew the purpose and as expected of a leader, he never lost sight of what he was suppose to do.
Finally, David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon attain what God had assigned to him. One person alone can never achieve success; it takes a team, a community, a nation. In building the temple of God, everyone had a role to play; David, Solomon and the entire Israel. Whatever position you have, whatever it is that has been entrusted in your care, know that you can never do it on your own. May we become individuals, leaders and communities who come together to fulfil purposes.
Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is Success. Henry Ford