Unable to Share the Limelight
“And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.” 1 Samuel 18:7-9
Saul was talented and blessed. Men naturally wanted to follow him and serve him. He was privileged to be chosen to be king.
Yet he had a problem. He was prideful and self-centered. He could not share the limelight. He did not mind others helping him and even winning battles for him, but he always wanted the credit (see 1 Samuel 13:3-4).
He could not be happy when he was no longer the centre of attention and the biggest man in the room.
This is a problem for leaders and pastors and missionaries. We like those who rise to a level to help us but not go past us and even steal the show to some degree from us.
May God forgive us our pride, our selfishness, our insecurity, and our covetousness and jealousy. May God help us to die to self, to love God and love others, and to genuinely be thrilled when others are a greater success than us.