Summary: Credibility is often the forgotten & depleted account. We don't realise it's importance until we come to make a withdrawal.
Intro: Tonight I want to speak about something that every one of us have in varying degrees & every one of us need more of.
Men / women of God who have this also have power / ability
People who don’t have it find there is a day when they need it but b/c they have no reserves have none.
This resource that I am referring to is the resource of credibility.
Let’s think about our personal ‘Credibility’.
Text: 1 Samuel 18:5 (NKJV) So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
# 1. Credibility – who needs it?
A. To answer that Question – you do!
a. Most people don’t u/s the value of credibility until they don’t have any.
*** Me going to the bank for a loan many years ago. As a young man I had been working for some years but had no money saved, no assets / nothing to suggest I was moving ahead in life. After filling in the application the man at the bank said – sorry, we can’t loan you the money! Why? B/c you’ve been working for a few years now, have no money saved, have nothing of any value & we can’t see anything that suggests your life is moving in the right direction financially!
i. That was a blow but it taught me an impt lesson about credibility – you don’t realise the value of it until you don’t have any!!!
b. David was a man who had power b/c he had credibility.
i. Think about men in the Bible that had power – some b/c of money / birth / inheritance.
ii. But others b/c of this issue – they had credibility w/ people. e.g. David / Samuel / Job / Daniel / Paul.
iii. Dict def – credibility = able to be believed / trusted / able to have confidence in.
B. Gaining credibility is like depositing money in the bank.
a. In other words you aren’t going to gain credibility w/o making some deposits.
i. There’s no mystery about credibility – you have to earn it & accumulate it.
ii. Comes as a result of right decisions / wise choices / sound judgment / sensible behaviour.
iii. We see all these things in the life of David in our text.
Vs 5. So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
iv. Here’s how David made deposits into his credibility account -
- went out wherever Saul sent him – he obeyed commands
- and behaved wisely – he was wise in his behaviour
- set him over the men of war – he accepted responsibility given to him
- he was accepted in the sight of all the people – he built a history of rapport
v. Here’s the interesting thing – what worked for David then will work for you today.
C. If you have made deposits you can make withdrawals.
a. You can only draw on credibility if you have established the habit of making deposits.