Bible Character: King David
And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead. – 1 Chronicles 29:28
When you hear that someone is rich, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Of course, we all think that person has a lot of money. Being rich really means having plenty of something or abundance.
Why did David die a gratified leader?
Fulfilled His Calling
God had a purpose for David’s life, just like he does for all of us. David was not perfect, but his relationship with God was the most important aspect of his life. His continual effort to listen to God helped him discover his objectives. By centering his life on God, he was able to draw strength from Him.
David was not the type of leader to have other people do his “dirty work”. He was a military leader…so he fought in the wars. His soldiers had great respect for him because when they were fighting and looked over…they saw David with them…fighting. The verse above says that King David died with honor, because he accomplished great things through God, but he was slow to take credit.
When a leader is fulfilling their call, they find gratification. This fulfillment is not a result based on power, but by the positive influence they can be to others. David left things better than he found them. That is the goal for many leaders. Using leadership to positively influence other people will result in relationships and accomplishments that mean a lot more than accumulated wealth.
A gratified leader dies rich…and it has nothing to do with money!