October 3, 2017

David’s Model

“He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. So, he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.”
– Ps 78:70-72 (KJV)

In business, career, ministry or as Christians in general, the David’s model is worth examining closely to exemplify Christ’s values to the world. Psalm 78:70-72 speaks about how God chose David to lead His people. In today’s language, we would term this a ‘calling’, ‘ministry’ or a ‘career’. David did quite well in my opinion. He fought battles and won almost all, the nation prospered under him. He also planned, and despite an attempted and temporarily successful political coup, executed his succession plan. In most assessments, he’ll have done above average. The secrets of great men are in their stories.

In the last verse of the passage, we get a glimpse into the mentality and outlook of David and how he carried out his leadership in his ministry, calling and career. It was a combination of two things: the ‘integrity of his heart’ and the ‘skilfulness of his hands’. What I like to call the ‘Character’ and ‘Competence’ combination. With these two properly combined we would find ease and results in our endeavours, personally and in our calling.

Competence is built through knowledge, learning, education; either formal or informal education. We can also learn from experience and even better from mentors. These forms of learning increase our competence in our callings and professions. However, without character, competence can be reduced to nothing.

Faithful God, I bring my career/business before you. Lord, I ask for wisdom to make the right choices and for direction not to miss your purpose and will for my life and destiny in Jesus name.