David was mourning the death of his son Absalom, even though Absalom tried to kill him and was himself killed by David’s men. In his grief, David neglected those who had defended his life. Joab, one of the kings commanders, rebuked the king and told him to go and encourage those who had faithfully served him.
It is easy in ministry to be distracted by the pressures and difficulties of ministry and neglect those who faithfully serve under your leadership. Despite what I may be feeling or experiencing I must not neglect the 'troops'. If I want people to follow I must encourage those I lead, despite the circumstances.
- It is easy in leadership to be distracted by the pressures and difficulties of life
- We must not neglect our leadership responsibilities when life gets tough (cost of leadership)
- If we want people to follow, we must encourage those we lead, despite the circumstances