Attributes of a Mighty Person
“Now these were the heads of 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” (1 Chronicles 11.10 NKJV).
God cultivated David’s future kingship and molded his heart while David hid in caves and ran from the injustice of Saul. During this time, David collected quite an interesting group of followers who formed a motely crew of an army. According to 1 Samuel 22.2, these men were “distressed,” “in debt,” and “discontented.” However, they were also “bold,” “mighty,” “trained for battle,” and had “faces of lions” (1 Chronicles 12.8). Although the focus is on David’s transformation into a man after God’s own heart, the men fighting and living alongside David also transformed and “strengthened themselves” with David in the kingdom. In fact, the valor of these men is recorded in the Bible, and their exploits would impress even the most fervent connoisseur of patriotic action films. As Christian leaders, we shouldn’t feel a need to surround ourselves by people who have it all together. In fact, God may give the messiest of lives to the strongest of leaders! On the contrary, we should be looking for people who are willing workers, eager to learn, ready to grow and loyal to the vision. No one will ever be perfect, and leaders shouldn’t fear the flaws of others because they themselves will never be perfect. However, a heart for God, devotion to the cause and a determination to see things through to the end are all attributes of a mighty person; and an individual with such tenacity will be a strong force in God’s Kingdom.
“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith” (Galatians 6.9-10 MSG).