Are You A Role Model?
Bible Character: Barzillai the Gileadite
Now Barzillai was a very old man, eighty years of age. He had provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy man. 2 Samuel 19:32
A percentage of leadership is naturally inherited…but so much is learned and developed. This is why having role models is so important.
When Absalom tried to become King of Israel he forced his father King David to flee, and during that time Barzillai stepped up and provided for King David. He did not have expectations of repayment and was not looking for accolades.
Role models often think this way also. They have a desire to put others first, to be a support without thinking about how they may benefit from the situation.
Selfishness and jealousy seem to be creeping into our society at an increased rate, which eventually leads to bitterness. Role models promote the opposite, giving to others instead of trying to keep all for themselves; making it a priority to inspire those around you instead of promoting antagonism.
The text mentions that Barzillai was wealthy, but it also goes on to mention that he was gracious in giving. He gave to others instead of selfishly keeping it all for himself.
Even though current media often promotes individuals who contribute to animosity, those types are greatly outnumbered by a populace contributing positively to their community.
Barzillai did not care to draw attention to himself. He freely gave his resources away to someone in need; he knew it was the right thing to do.
He was an encouragement to David, positively influencing him in his time of need. He was a good role model for David to learn from.