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Solomon on Leadership: A Clear Mission

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Follow Solomon’s example: begin with a clear mission, and communicate that mission to those who are helping you meet that goal. It’s an absolute key to successful living.

I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the Lord my God, as the Lord told my father David, when he said, “Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name (1 Kings 5:5, NIV).

The first thing to understand about Solomon is that God’s mission for him was clear from the very beginning. He was to build a great temple for the Lord. Interestingly, Solomon’s father, David, also had the same vision, but it was not his mission to carry it out. God knew David was a warrior, not a builder, so He saved this particular goal for David’s son Solomon.

Solomon gave the goal and the mission to the people of Israel, helped them to understand his mission, and challenged them to carry it out. The timing was right for this. The enemies had been defeated. It was a time to follow God’s will.

Are you clear on your life mission? Are you clear on your life’s purpose? Can you express it in a brief sentence, as Solomon could? Are you clear on your organization’s mission and the role you are to play in it? Are you very clear about the goals God has given you to help fulfill it? Are you communicating that mission clearly? Follow Solomon’s example: begin with a clear mission, and communicate that mission to those who are helping you meet that goal. It’s an absolute key to successful living.

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