Ever know someone who naturally attracted a following? The kind of person others just want to be around. Maybe they’re inviting, or commanding, or confident, or assuring. But whatever it is, they draw people like a magnet.
This was David. In 1 Chronicles chapter 12 we learn of some of the people who were drawn to David. These people were not nobodies. They were mighty warriors, renown for who they were and what they could do.
- They were excellent marksmen with both their right and their left hand. (1 Chron. 12:2)
- They were experts in both offense (spear) and defense (shield.) (1 Chron. 12:8)
- They were fierce and quick. (1 Chron. 12:8)
- They were powerful in that the weakest of them could take on 100 troops. (1 Chron. 12:14)
And more of these competent and qualified people were drawn to David daily.
A look at David’s life gives us some clues.
- David was willing to put himself on the line. One example was when David was willing to face Goliath. (1 Samuel 17)
- David had both integrity and humility. (1 Chron. 11:18-19)
- David knew how to both appreciate and assign those who followed him. (1 Chron. 11:18-19) (1 Chron. 12:18,21)
But most importantly, David was passionately focused on God. He wanted to serve God and submit to God’s desire. (1 Samuel 17:26,37,45-47) (1 Chron. 12:17) This quality made David both successful (1 Chron. 11:9) and magnetic. (1 Chron. 12:22, 38-40)
Most of us would like to be influential, but are we willing to passionately focus on God? If you want to be influential, start there.