Reading through the Bible together
Upon Solomon’s death, the kingdom passed to his son Rehoboam. King Rehoboam had three major “lesson books” on leadership from which to read: the amazing lives of Saul, David, and Solomon. He apparently didn’t spend much time learning from their mistakes or their successes. Instead he listened to the young men his age. He declared he would pile on more taxes and his reign would be with scourges. He would rule instead of serve.
Immediately the kingdom of Israel tore away from him, just as God had prophesied. Only Judah and Benjamin stayed.
King Jesus has called you and me to His special kind of leadership. “Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant” (Mark 10:43). “Even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (verse 45).
As a father, will you merely command or will you direct your children with love and helpfulness? Are you a church leader and in your position truly seek each member’s best? How about in the workplace? Do the values of service and empowerment take a higher place than any desire for profit and success? Anything else will tear down your part in God’s kingdom. Jesus in our hearts will build it secure. Serve Him today.
Pastor Scott Griswold