We all have out days where our interactions with various levels of authority don't go so smooth. On both sides of the table, tensions can mount, feelings and frustrations can dictate words and actions and the justification that follows. Much can and often does, stand in the way of open and reasonable communication.
Consider this intro in light of a message that one of the students shared in a chapel service, at a nearby Bible college. The concept was so profound, the college president posted it on social media.
Austin, the young man who preached this particular chapel service, stated the following regarding authority:
"If you believe you are David just waiting until God gives you Saul's bigger, better ministry position, but are unwilling to serve like David served and love like David loved right now, you aren't David, you are Saul 2.0"
Whether in minstry or the marketplace it's easy to look and even comment, who we could do different, better and whatever, all while being nicer in the process. I know I have... more recently than I care to admit. This is dangerous ground, for indeed, Saul in his latter years, took a terrible turn. And Austin is right. If we aren't careful, we risk not only becoming like Saul, but perhaps an even worse version.
That thought alone, cuts to the quick. Which is probably as good a point as any, to turn to prayer.
Join me, despite, the lateness of this post, in praying for pastors, as well as Christians... whether we are in place of authority or subject to authority, may God help us to lead as David. Pray that we possess a heart towards the things of God, as David did. Pray for a boldness to appropriately speak to the truth to those seated in places of power; while recognizing the respect that comes with that position... the same we would expect if we were in that place as we sometimes desire. Pray for open line of communication and understanding; that tension and frustration, while it exists, would not become a hindrance to what God desires to accomplish in and through our lives, as we work together for His glory; whether in ministry or in the marketplace.
May we be David 2.0,
Rather than Saul 2.0.
For the glory of God.
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