1 Chronicles 22 provides a good example of what I consider to be the three daily tasks of any spiritual leader. In this portion of the Bible, King David is making necessary preparations for the building of the temple. It has been his dream to provide a permanent place for the presence of God among His people. But God communicated to David that he would not be the one to actually construct the temple and see it to completion. Because David was also a warrior and had blood on his hands, God limited David to the pre-planning, but not the construction or the completion of the temple. That would be reserved for David’s son Solomon to do. Yet, even in his limitations, David exhibits the following three qualities that are a daily necessity for leaders.
1. Give clear direction. Followers simply and rightly want to know what is expected of them. They want to know where the enterprise is headed. They want to know what is “true north.” A good leader should be able to provide that for those he leads in daily doses. David does so in verses 1-5. He communicates clearly that a house of God is to be built and an altar must accompany the temple. He communicates clearly to the laborers that it will be Solomon who will see this through. There was no doubt as to what the direction of the endeavor would be.
2. Provide adequate resources. Leaders must also provide their followers with the necessary resources to actually carry out what they have been directed to do. Resources can come in the form of money, tools, or people. It can be in the form of training or expertise. It can even come in the form of providing hope. Again, this should be a daily consideration for a good leader. One must continually ask, “What do my people need today to succeed?” In verses 14-19 David clearly communicates to Solomon all of the resources he has provided for him for the construction of the temple. David has provided both raw materials and expertise so that his son can complete the vision.
3. Point people to Christ. Finally, good leaders must continually point their followers to Christ as their ultimate source of power and comfort. There is not doubt that there will be days when the task will be discouraging. There will be other days where wild success will tempt people to be proud. The good leader knows how to handle both imposters and direct people’s gaze back to Christ. David does this for his son in verses 6-13. Not only does David provide Solomon with a clear picture of what is to be accomplished, but he also reminds him that God will be with him every step of the way. It is God who will grant Solomon success.
I truly believe that every spiritual leader can measure his or her day according to these three tasks and know how well he or she have done in leading. As I start my day and end my day I try to ask: Did I give clear direction so that people knew what was expected of them? Did I provide adequate resources so that people had what they needed to succeed? Did I point people to the deep well that is Christ for their ultimate source of power and comfort?
If I can say that I have done this to the best of my ability, I can know that I have led pretty well and fulfilled my daily calling.