Leading a motley crew

I Samuel 22:1-2  1 David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. 2 All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.

It’s natural to want the best team possible.  If you were ever chosen as a team leader, you know what I am talking about.  You want the best.  I remember  in college the big thing was to make us do projects in a group.  Oh the joys of teamwork.  Inevitably there would be someone chosen as the project manager and if it was you… please God, help me have a good team.  Because nobody wants the motley crew.

It seems, however, that the motley crew is who God often  gives us to lead. Here in 1 Samuel 22, we see that the people David (the anointed future king of Israel) led were people in distress, in debt, or discontent.  Likely many were all three.  And this was his first leadership assignment.  They probably whined and complained and caused him all sorts of grief.  They were far from perfect and required his molding and influence.  But they craved his leadership and they actually followed him.

So it goes with us.  While we are waiting around to be great leaders of talented superhumans, God asks us to lead the ones who have issues.  He gives us imperfect people and asks us to care for them, to heal them, to help them.  He asks us to lead in less than ideal conditions with an army of less than ideal soldiers.  But it works, because God is in it.  So if you desire to be a leader today, begin leading who God calls you to.  Don’t wait for the perfect team falls in place, because the perfect team might already be right in front of your face.

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