Building a Mighty Team
"These are the names of David’s mighty men…" (2 Sam 23:8).
David and Jesus pulled together two teams that were the most unlikely groups to accomplish what they achieved. David’s small army of men became known as "David’s Mighty Men" because of their extraordinary exploits. However, they were the rejects of society.
Jesus’ team was made up of common men who would never have been chosen by other rabbis’. They would here been men who would not have qualified for mentorship by most rabbis’ of their day. Yet, they were chosen by the superstar of up and coming rabbis’ – Jesus.
We can learn three key things about David and how he related to his Mighty Men. First, David’s men came to him as a result of battle. They had fought together and learned first-hand from one another’s capabilities. They had covered one another’s backside on several occasions. And they trusted each other.
Second, David modeled servant leadership with his men. When three of his mighty men risked their lives to obtain drinking water for him during a battle, David refused to drink it, choosing instead to pour it out onto the ground. This no doubt made a big impression on his men and only drew greater devotion to him because of his own sacrifice.
Finally, David and his men experienced God-size victories when they were the underdogs. The fought bigger armies and more resourceful enemies themselves. They saw God’s hand in their victories.
Keep these things in mind as you build your own team. Learn from the management styles of David and Jesus by modeling their servant-leadership.