'Do All That Is Within Your Heart'

Future leaders are formed behind their shield of faith. (Getty Images/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Massonstock)

In reading through 1 Samuel, my spirit seemed to jump when I read chapter 14.

Verse 7 flashed at me as though highlighted in fluorescent yellow:

"And his armor-bearer said to him, 'Do all that is in your heart. Do as you wish. Behold, I am with you heart and soul.'"

In the Old Testament, an armor-bearer had the privilege of carrying the king's shield into battle. There are many varying opinions in the church about the need for leaders to employ an armor-bearer. I shan't rant about that. I only wish to point to Jonathan's armor-bearer and note the loyalty that bolts from this Scripture.

Armor-bearers frequently died for the ones they served. They literally died to self.

In these times, a statement such as "I am with you heart and soul" is frequently met with skepticism and a motive check.

Leaders often mistrust willing servants. "They must be up to something. No one serves with all their 'heart and soul.'"

But in fact, many servants are called into a season of training and proving. Service is their calling.

Future leaders are formed behind their shield of faith. Today's most humble, most effective leaders emerge with a proven history of battle-ground service. Scarred servants make loving leaders.

Effective leaders receive service and pray that all things hidden would be revealed.

Leaders, pray for a team of followers who empower you to do "all that is in your heart."

Sow trust. Reap loyalty. Reach new heights.

"Then Jonathan climbed up on his hands and feet, and his armor-bearer after him. And they fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer killed them after him. And that first strike, which Jonathan and his armor-bearer made, killed about twenty men within as it were half a furrow's length in an acre of land. And there was a panic in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The garrison and even the raiders trembled, the earth quaked, and it became a very great panic" (1 Sam. 14:13-15, ESV).

Dr. Steve Greene is the publisher and executive vice president—Media Group, Charisma Media. Sign up here for Dr. Greene's leadership e-newsletter.

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