You Must Get Out of Your Tent

1Sa 18:13  Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.  

In this passage we are introduced to a leadership principle that is essential to our success with those we influence.  You will remember that it was said of Saul that he had hid himself ‘among the stuff’ when they were looking for him to come forward as king.  In another situation, when the giant Goliath was defying the armies of Israel King Saul, who himself was head and shoulders taller than everyone else in Israel, was found in his tent.  Time and again Saul is found to be aloof from the people he was called to lead.  The responsibilities assigned to leadership in any position can pressure one to become introverted and lose focus on the social aspect of their position.  God has created us as social creatures and therefore fellowship and social interaction are essential to a balanced and successful life.  David was a man that remained in the presence of the people.  Upon returning from battles he did not hide in his tent or among his small circle of friends but placed himself amid the people, sharing with the stories of his forays into the enemy.  He shared stories of God’s grace and provision and in doing so built the faith of the people in their God.  It is important that we place ourselves in the presence of those in our circle of life.  Whether it be our spouse, children, church members, co-workers, etc., we must keep ourselves in the public forum to allow others to accept us and allow us to edify them.  Hebrews 10:25 says it this way, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”  And Solomon stated the principle this way in Proverbs 18:24, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”