Part 2: On the Same Team Advancing the Kingdom.
If we are all about advancing the Kingdom why arenât we recognizing we are on the same team? I wrestled with this question for years seeing the damage of competition, comparison, and insecurities in the church worldwide. I passionately pursued solutions and revelation as I am convinced, together we can have the greatest impact. I was determined to be the change I wanted to see.
As I passionately pursued answers revelation came so quickly. I believe this is a word of empowerment and encouragement for the church. Let’s look at a story in the bible of someone who stopped recognizing they were on the same team.
David and Saul:
In 1 Samuel 17, David killed Goliath. Aware of Davidâs great success, Saul began to send him out on missions. Whatever mission David was sent on, he succeeded in advancing Saulâs kingdom. So Saul set David up for success by putting him in the right position to have the greatest impact as a high officer of his army. David and Saul were on the same team, right? They were working well together advancing the kingdom until something happened.
When the men were returning home after David killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul, singing and dancing with songs of joy on musical instruments. They were having a joyous parade. As they danced, they sang:
Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands. (1Sam.18:7 NIV)
At that moment Saul stopped seeing David as an ally and a teammate, and suddenly David became a threat. In order to uphold his status and remove the competition, Saul had David removed. With David on his team, they were both great and advancing the kingdom, causing everyone to benefit from the victory. In reality, they were both winning. But Saul lost sight of that in his jealousy and insecurity.
Saul was being compared to David. I can understand how this could have upset Saul. Who enjoys being compared to someone else or having their victories belittled? It is vital to be careful how we talk about one another. We should not compare one’s greatness or victories to another. We often lose sight of what matters when we are compared to others.Â Or compare ourselves with others. In moments like these, we need to recognize that we are on the same team. We do that by shifting our focus from ourselves to our greatest goal and vision: advancing His kingdom so the earth will be filled with His glory. If Saul had kept his focus on what really mattered, he would not have wasted his time trying to get rid of David. Together they could have had an even greater impact. They could have been unstoppable and had an ever advancing and increasing kingdom. Together we can have the greatest impact.
It is vital to ask the Father in these moments about His thoughts for you and your significance and importance of your role. As leaders, spiritual fathers and mothers our goal is to raise great, powerful leaders. Saul lost sight of his role as a father. What would it have looked like if Saul saw the importance of his role in Davids life by being a good spiritual father? Preparing David to be king? Setting him up for Success? In doing so he would have also set His Kingdom up for Success. And together being on the same team they would have had the greatest impact advancing the kingdom.
Read more of how to destroy competition, comparison, and insecurities in my book Arise, Shine and Be Revealed. Let nothing hold you back – Arise Shine, and Be Revealed!Â