The Power of Good Leadership
1st Samuel 22 :1-2 ~ David fled from the city of Gath and went to a cave near the town of Adullam. When his brothers and the rest of the family heard that he was there, they joined him. (2) People who were oppressed or in debt or dissatisfied went to him, about four hundred men in all, and he became their leader.
Judges 11:3 Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men gathered around Jephthah and went on raids with him.
Mark 3:13 – 15 ~ (13) Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him. (14) Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach,(15) giving them authority to cast out demons.
One of the greatest needs in human history has been good leadership. The power of a good leader can’t be overemphasized. We have seen in the bible and in world history the powerful impact of a good leader. On a smaller scale, great men and women have always made reference to a particular person or group of persons who had positive impacts in their lives.
One of the greatest leaders in world history is Abraham Lincoln who ended slavery in the US by signing the Emancipation Proclamation. We also have Nelson Mandela who was the main player in the anti-apartheid movements in South Africa. Coming back to our key verses, we have three powerful leaders in David, Jephthah and Jesus. We’re all familiar with what each of them achieved in their days. One peculiar thing I want to point out is the kind of people they achieved great feats with. Starting with David, the man after God’s heart.
The bible described the men who joined him at Cave Adullam where he fled from Saul as oppressed men, dissatisfied men and men in debt. Normally, such traits should have demoralized David but he was able to inspire these men and turn them into warriors.
2 Samuel 23:8-39 tells us the kind of awesome things these guys did. One time David longed to drink the good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem. The Three (Jashobeam, Eleazaar and Shammah) broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. This was insane, three men risked their lives just to get water for David. This showed how much they valued David and the kind of impact he had on them.
Secondly, we have Jephthah, the son of a harlot, despised by his own family. Jephthah became the leader of touts, the bible didn’t mince words when describing them as worthless men. These men would go on raids mostly against the Ammonites (who were enemies of God and Israel) according to Theologians and Bible Scholars. When the Ammonites attacked Israel, He was summoned to help defend the Israelites from the Ammonites. Who do you think Jephthah would have made leaders in his newly formed army? Obviously they would be those. so-called worthless men who Jephthah must have trained.
Finally, looking at the disciples who were chosen by Jesus, they were mostly small men by societal standards; fisher men, artisans, uneducated men, traders. He could easily have chosen the scholars but he chose these men and made a marvel out of their lives.
Dearly beloved, it doesn’t matter what your current state is. It’s not important what people have said about you. Jesus is still transforming people’s lives and He is interested in you! Why not turn to God for help. He’ll use people who are ahead of you to give you good counsel and mentorship. Drop the pride and seek advice from people who are able to help you. Remember Psalm 1:1-3 KJV
 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Dear Lord, lead me to people who are able to counsel me and give me good guidance, Amen.
Author – Andy