Sermon: “Leadership & Decision Making”
“Leadership & Decision Making”
David brought together 30,000 “chosen men”.
(2 Samuel 6:1)
Decision: To bring the ark of God to Jerusalem.
(2 Samuel 6:2-4)
David and the whole house of Israel celebrated his decisions.
(2 Samuel 6:5)
Bad decision: Oxen stumbled, Uzzah tries to steady the cart and is punished with death. Why?
(2 Samuel 6:6-7)
Decision: David decides to be angry with God over Uzzah’s death and leaves the ark with Obed-Edom the Gittite. David misses God’s blessing and another was blessed.
(2 Samuel 9-12)
Decision: David, who’s course was corrected by God and is now realigned with God, makes the decision to get the ark and people respond with joy, celebration and sacrifice.
(2 Samuel 6:12-13)
Because they were realigned with God they made good decisions, celebrated and received blessings.
(2 Samuel 6:14-15)
“Somewhere around 50% of all decisions you make will be wrong. An intimate walk with God can help you lower this dreadful percentage.” –John Maxwell
Good decisions respect the power of God. Samuel teaches us:
- Good decisions are made in an atmosphere of joy, unity and alignment with God.
- All decisions should be celebrated as moving forward, growth, improvement by God.
- Good leadership (decision making) decides in favor of God before self.
- Good leadership sometimes postpones decision making.
- All decision making by true Christian leaders is submitted to God and then obeyed.
Every leader is a futurist making decisions for today based upon the vision for tomorrow. In the midst of amazing victory or crushing despair, the true Christian leader relies exclusively upon the Bible’s great truths. Any true motivation for believing in the future is hidden in God’s continuing faithfulness and only revealed through His word, will and way.
Only in obedience do we come to truly know His word and teachings and begin to trust in them! If we do not study God’s word, we will not make good decisions. Hebrews 13:8 teaches that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We can count on His faithfulness only if we know His teachings, commands and callings in total obedience, trust and faith.
So make your decisions, grow and develop in relationship to God’s word, will and way and watch the blessings flow as you celebrate the most High Lord.