1 Kings 9
Notes on Leadership
LEADERSHIP – 1). Solomon completed the temple, and he completed his own palaces. (v.1) It was everything he had set out to do. It’s one thing to have an idea, it’s another thing to get it going and work on it, but it’s quite another thing to finish the task we’ve been dreaming of. Solomon was at that place of great contentment because he completed his task, his dream. Leaders don’t just come up with the dreams and get them started; leaders get the job done. 2). God directed His attention on Solomon as His chosen leader. (v.4) He dealt with the people, and now He dealt with their leader. God doesn’t just want us to be figureheads that are outside the same direction given to the people we lead. He wants to lead us as well.
LEADERSHIP – 1). King Hiram didn’t like the cities in Tyre and gave them the name Kabul. (v.13) This was a derogatory term that essentially meant they were good for nothing. We learn from the author that this name has stuck with these town to this day. Leaders must be careful with their words because they speak declarations over people that can stay in there lives for generations. 2). Solomon was active in building up his entire Kingdom. (v.17,18) He built cities in the desert, cities for storing his supplies, and cities to care for his army. These are all quite different and completely removed from each other, but Solomon took care to do them all. Leaders need to work on many different fronts and learn how to multitask. 3). Solomon had 550 leaders that oversaw the slave labor building his projects. (v.23) With 550 leaders, he most likely had overseers of his overseers and several different levels of leadership. The larger God grows us, the more organized we have to be with our leadership and developing it in those around us as well. 4). Three times a year, Solomon gathered the people together and sacrificed offerings on the altar on behalf of the whole Kingdom. (v.25) Once every 4 months, this occurred. We should try to make sure we have one thing every four months, or at least on a regular basis, from a whole body perspective that brings us together in purpose, unity, and vision. That’s a good ministry philosophy for a church, for a body of believers.