Don’t lose who you are in what you are doing. Faith for greater things will clear your eye sight and allow you to see yourself in the way that God does. Remember it’s not what others call you, it’s what you answer to….
*God assigns two specific qualities that are essential in all leaders in Christ: that they possess wisdom, and that they possess humility.
– If we don’t allow God to deposit these 2 things in us, we won’t have anything to give.
Numbers 27:16 “May the LORD, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community 17 to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the LORD’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”
-Notice that leaders in Christ are shepherds that serve God’s sheep.
-Faith for greater things will put us in a position to serve
* When God acknowledges that Solomon will be the greatest of leaders, God makes it clear that the most important quality of a leader is wisdom. God had given Solomon the wisdom that no human being will ever exceed.
1 Kings 3:12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”
– When God deposits in his people it is greater than any human effort can achieve
– God makes deposits in people that others can withdraw from, it benefits more than just you. Be ready to pour into other people as you walk out the movement
Solomon received the gift of wisdom from The Lord because he sought it… to serve The Lord’s flock and he did not ask for anything else. If a leader is to attain the wisdom of The Lord, he or she must do so from a spirit of serving. If you listen to Solomon’s prayer to The Lord in 1 Kings, this is an essential starting point, the desire to serve The Lord and his sheep!
– What do we desire for God to deposit in us?
1 Kings 3:7 “Now, LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.
-We may be small but his huge deposit in our spirit is strong!!!
8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.
– When we don’t know what to do we have to withdraw from the deposit God has made in us
-As wisdom and leadership go together, how God instructs us to attain wisdom is the most important element of being a good leader in Christ. We have seen, first and foremost, that Solomon approached his search for wisdom from a humble spirit, to serve God’s sheep.
-Where does wisdom come from?
Solomon attained his wisdom not from his own pursuit but from the blessings of The Lord. The only wisdom, the only understanding we possess comes from The Lord. In Proverbs, Solomon, the man who was given the greatest gift of wisdom than any other human will ever possess, tells us that:
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in The lord with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding:
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes; Fear The lord, and depart from evil:
Through Solomon, God instructs men seeking wisdom to “attain unto wise counsels’. Godly leaders surround themselves with wise counselors.