What an honour it would be as a young sportsman to be compared to an established superstar or legend of the game. To be called “the next Kobe”, or to have someone say “he plays like Lionel Messi” would be an amazing endorsement of your skills.
Who did you want to be like, growing up?
You probably know the reference in Acts 13.22 that talks about David being a man after God’s own heart: “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22)
I wonder what would it be like if we were A TEAM AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART?
I love that David was both a leader with skill and character as Psalm 78:72 describes: “David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them”. I believe, as a team given the responsibility to lead people into the presence of God, we need to lead in this same way.
One of the servants said to Saul, “One of Jesse’s sons from Bethlehem is a talented harp player. Not only that—he is a brave warrior, a man of war, and has good judgment. He is also a fine-looking young man, and the Lord is with him.” (1 Samuel 16:18 NLT)
- Son : David was identified as being the son of Jesse
- We too are identified by whose we are. Galatians 4:7 explains, “So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”
- We need to remember the spiritual authority we carry as children of God, but also the fact that, irrespective of our earthly family scenario, we belong to Him and have our purpose in Him.
- Skilled : David was identified as a talented harp player
- It’s one thing to have heart and character, but we do still need to be skilled in what we do. It’s important to continue to grow in our craft and use the skills to bring glory to God
- We should not shy away from excellence, which is taking care to constantly improve and take every opportunity to bring our absolute best when we serve (I’m not talking about perfectionism though!). Back in the 70s Larry Norman said “Why should the Devil have all the good music?” and the same can still be said now!
- Man of Valour : David was identified as being brave and strong
- We need to be brave!
- We sing songs about “stepping out beyond the shore into the waves” , where “my trust is without borders” – our faith, and our service of God often calls us to step out beyond what we’ve been comfortable with before.
- We need to face fear, step out, and respond with a courageous ‘yes’ when God calls, and not be so concerned with our own fear of failure.
- Moses & Gideon both felt under-equipped, under-qualified and lacking in confidence to do what God had called them to do. Their ‘courageous yes’ both resulted in amazing victories!
- We need to grow strong!
- Like going to the gym, strength is the growing capacity to carry more weight. God wants to continue to strengthen us, and grow our capacity for Him – and our capacity to serve Him. However, we need to serve the right God, the right way. We can easily fall into the trap of worshipping our service, worshipping the act of worship instead of the One whom deserves our worship.
- Burn out is the equivalent of tearing a muscle – it means we doing it wrong! We need to get the balance right of serving in the House of God, allowing Him to expand our capacity, but not at the expense of our health, wholeness and ultimately our relationship with Him.
- We need to be brave!
- Warrior : David was identified as being a warrior
- We are a team that’s up for the fight! We are in a battle for the eternal destiny of our friends & family, and those of each one who is part of our church. We are not just playing church; we are not a social club or a music appreciation society!
- We fight not against flesh & blood but we are in a battle! Worship is actually a weapon of warfare – Isaiah 30:32 speaks of how God beats his enemies to the sound of tambourines & harps!
- Good Judgement : David was prudent, discerning and diligent
- We need to exhibit good judgement in every choice we make, both big and small. We are the product of all the small decisions we take, and the small decisions can set us on a certain pathway. For example, if something untoward happens to us, we can make the choice to be offended and allow bitterness to take root, or we could choose to believe the best of those in our team and not allow offence to cause division.
- As a team we need to”prefer one another in love” and decide to be on the solution side, choosing to support and encourage each other & our leaders.
- Attractive : David was described as good looking
- We want to be a team that others want to be part of; we want to be people that are welcoming & open to others.
- We want to be a team that values a level of presentation and excellence that brings glory to God and points people to Him
- 1 Kings 10 talks about how the Queen of Sheba visited Solomon’s palace and was completely overwhelmed by the hospitality & service to the point that she gave praise to God for His delight in Solomon and his household. We want people to experience God, both supernaturally, but also naturally through our hospitality, and our excellence of service.
- Relationship with God : “The Lord is with Him”
- Our relationship with God paramount, we are called to be followers of Christ before we are called to be musicians, singers or tech people.
- Ultimately it was because the Lord was with David that he was able to be effective in music ministry in Saul’s court where others were not
- Let’s not be so locked up in our service of God that we lose sight of the One we serve
- God is with us!!
I believe if these 7 attributes are evident in our team, we will certainly be described as a “Team after God’s own Heart”.