I Samuel 18:9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
What a horrible way to live! Always afraid that David would get his spot. Hurting every time he heard someone brag on David or congratulate him.
If you intend to disciple others you must remember that your goal will be to make them a success. Your goal will be to promote them to a position higher than your own.
Obviously God is going to use this attitude to remove Saul from his position and to train David to withstand criticism etc but as a discipler you must learn a different attitude. David seems to have had a different attitude.
He sat at the table with other leaders and men who had done as great a work as he had or even greater. Of his mighty men we find stories that rival the killing of the giant with even greater exploits yet David is able to work with them and trust them.
Remember if he is not strong enough to hurt you if will, then he is not strong to help you if he will. If you are to put
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
into practice then you must be willing to see men surpass you in ministry and influence. John the Baptist said that he must decrease so that the one who followed him could increase.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
Can you deal with such a blow to your pride? If you can then God can use to make a major difference in other people’s lives and in World Evangelism.