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What Makes Followers Love to Serve?

See this scripture;

“And David said with longing, ‘Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!’ So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord.” (2 Samuel 23:15-16)

Do you know that …Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem,.. was just a casual remark? Yet the moment David’s men heard their leader mutter the words, they immediately broke through enemy lines and braved Philistine swords and spears to retrieve a cup of the precious liquid. My God, this is like suicide mission; too suicidal.

Such astonishing loyalty, commitment even if it requires life, doesn’t come from a mere job description or ordinary relationship. Loyalty like this comes only through modeling. David got this kind of “second-mile” effort because he had long modeled such loyalty for his men. Every manager, administrator, pastor etc is first called to model a life before their function ie be a role model. Often this is forgotten, despised or ignored to the perils of the leader.

This is that loyalty that drove him to do what he did next. David honored their sacrifice by presenting it to the Lord rather than drinking it. Imagine! Who wouldn’t go the extra mile for a leader like that?

Leaders consider modeling you first to gain loyalty.

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