Do you ever think about the enormous team you are leading? I sometimes wonder if we forget that the men and women donating to our mission have become a part of the team. I also wonder if we consider what comes with their addition?
The other day I came across a passage in I Samuel 22. Before I tell you what I read, I would like to set the stage—stick with me, this will be worth it!
avid had been chosen to be the next king. However, there was incredible opposition to his calling. The current King was not thrilled with the idea of a replacement. And he was willing to spend great resources, time and devotion to keep David from meeting his destiny.
Do you ever feel like David? Like the calling and the fruition of the calling are years apart? Like maybe you can’t see how point A and point B will ever come together? Are you facing serious opposition, bent on destroying you?
I know for sure that last one is true, because the Bible tells us so. Satan wants to destroy you. He has devoted his whole existence to making that happen, and he will deploy every resource he has. This is not the point of today’s blog, but let me say it since we are here—Make it cost him everything.
If he is bent on destroying you, make him work for it. So many ministries have collapsed before their time because their determination and faith were nothing compared to the deceivers.
Satan knows your calling, and he believes that God will bring it to pass. And he knows that when He does, it will change the world. And he hates that! It threatens him and it motivates him to action. Don’t let him believe more than you do. Fight brothers and sisters. You were called, chosen, appointed for this time. Believe the one who called you.
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You Can’t Do It Alone
And this leads me to the point for the day; you can’t do it alone, and your team might be more than it looks at first glance. Let’s go back to 1 Samuel 22.
Word about what David was doing was getting around, and those that believed, came to him. His numbers grew very quickly. Read what the passage says about those who would join his team and fight for something better:
I Samuel 22:1-2 says, “David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.”
“Everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, everyone who was bitter in soul”…not really a dream team, right? However, if you were to read on in this story, you would see that these men go on to risk everything for David, for God’s future plan, and for a better tomorrow.
Do you know what it was that got them from point A: distress, in debt, bitter in soul; to point B: loyal soldiers who would risk everything?
They were desperate.
They had little to live for, and no hope for tomorrow.
And then David.
A shepherd called out to be King.
And that shepherd made waves when his belief in God put him up against a giant—and he won.
This hopeless, messy bunch believed this man might be able to change things, and they had nothing to lose.
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Lessons to Learn from 1 Samuel 22
There are so many lessons to take from this picture, but can we pause and wonder at the grace and power of the God that we serve?
God chose David and David brought hope back to the hopeless. I believe the hopeless brought great encouragement to David. Under David’s leadership and patience, these men became great and they lived out stories recorded for everyone, for all time.
These men were on the wrong seat on the bus, but that didn’t matter. David had to make the men that were available and willing to join the fight – the right men for the fight.
See, David was desperate and wise enough to know that if these men were willing, he would put in the work to bring them along. David brought them into the camp, and these unlikely men changed the world.
When you fundraise, you are raising an army. You are bringing people into your vision, placing them on your team. Are you meeting them where they are? Are you recognizing what their response says about their heart?
Many that want to come to you are without title, without means, without know how. But they are desperate and see something in your ministry that could change the world. You are the hope for the hopeless—like David. Like Christ.
I believe your ministry could change the world.
You were chosen to lead this team, so learn to include them. See them as valuable and irreplaceable. Teach them servant leadership by serving them and showing them the better way they were drawn to when they first responded.
We need to love our donors as never before—even if they slam the phone on us, even if they are mean, love them. Many of our donors are hurting, tired, and beat up. They come with family issues and discipline issues. The world has hurt them and they are lonely. But, they are what you have. And what you have is great—even if it’s not yet ready.
You’ve got important work to do. Don’t stop now!
Please Lord, I pray You keep us from being short-sighted. Your plans often do not make sense to us, not from this spot in the timeline. So, we ask Lord that You make Your way known. That You fill us with love for people Lord, and vision to see how our ministries can be multiplied when we bring the willing and the desperate into our camps. Thank you for our calling Lord, burn in us a belief that makes us warriors against the one who will stop at nothing to stop us. You, Lord, see the heart. Let us learn to rely on your sight.