Make God Glad

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.


Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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