Those who follow Christ want nothing more than to please Him. A “Well done!” from Jesus should mean more to us than a thousand “atta boys” or “atta girls” from our peers. Hearing the applause of heaven as a leader is the most fulfilling experience there is. When that happens, we have attained our Goal. Godly leaders are driven to make God glad.

Everyone leads something: a business, a church, a family, oneself. So all of us should take note of one of the saddest leadership moments in Scripture. It’s a lament from God found in 1 Samuel 15:35:

“And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.”

That is a devastating statement.

I know I don’t ever want God to be sorry he entrusted me with leadership of anything. I want to make God glad. I’m sure you do too.

How do we make God glad? We obey Him no matter what. Nothing equips you for leadership better than devotion to God. Saul had everything else, but made God sorry. It was obedience God wanted most from Saul, and what He wants most from us.

This week and each week, let’s aim to make God glad. His gladness is our delight.