1 Samuel 11: The Testing of a Leader

14 Then Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship.” 15 So all the people went to Gilgal and made Saul king in the presence of the Lord. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings before the Lord, and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration. -1 Samuel 11:14-15

Saul had already been anointed king, but he had yet to assume royal duties to express his leadership. What changed the situation? Testing. A Jewish city was on the verge of being destroyed when God’s Spirit led Saul to lead men in battle to rescue the city of Jabesh. When he did, the people gave him their allegiance.

Before, Saul had been king by position. That day, Saul became king by example.

No matter the position you hold in your family, school, or workplace, there is room for you to grow by example. What will it take for you to stand out as one who stands for what is right today?

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.