The UCB Word For Today

Pick the right people

Pick the right people

16 November 2023
‘These were…the mighty men whom David had.’

Success in any endeavour calls for surrounding yourself with the right people. That’s why you should always seek God’s input in your relationships. Rehoboam should have listened to the advice of his father Solomon’s wise and experienced inner circle. Instead he heeded the advice of those who agreed with his own opinion – and it proved fatal.

David, on the other hand, chose people who helped make him great. ‘These were…the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel’ (v. 10 NKJV). Notice four important things here:

1) David built a strong inner circle before he needed it. He started building his team long before he was crowned.

2) He attracted people with varied gifts. He reached for them, rewarded them, and wasn’t intimidated by those who had skills that differed from his. With the help of these ‘mighty men’, David felt ready for anything.

3) He cultivated loyalty. He drew people close to him, shared his life with them and, in the end, they were willing to lay their lives on the line for him.

4) He delegated responsibility based on ability. Because he was secure in his own identity and calling, David wasn’t afraid to delegate authority and responsibility to those around him. In the beginning some of his mighty men were misfits, but he transformed this ragtag group into a winning team (see 1 Samuel 22:1-2). David made his inner circle great, and in turn his inner circle made him great.

So, the word for today is – pick the right people!

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