1. TRYING TO BE MORE CHARISMATIC AND OUTSTANDING THAN YOUR LEADER(2 Samuel 14:25-26)
Absalom tried to outshine David in everything.
It is lack of wisdom to try to overwhelm your leader.
2. ATTRACTING AND ACCEPTING ATTENTION AND PRAISE TO YOURSELF(2 Samuel 14:25)
Absalom tactfully and cunningly curried the praise of the people.
King David made the mistake of allowing the women to sing his praise and that became his albatross. David didn’t ask them to do that but he should have stopped them when they did.
No matter your exploits in an organisation as an associate or assistant, don’t be the reason why your leader should be disdained.
3. HARBOURING OFFENCE IN YOUR HEART WHILE STILL IN THE SYSTEM(2 Samuel 13:22-23)
Absalom kept silent for 2 years but harboured offence in his heart against his brother and his father, by extension.
Don’t be in a system, yet bitter against the system.
If the system has offended you in anyway while you’re serving, find appropriate spiritual and administrative channels to ventilate your displeasure.
4. AVOIDING THE PRESENCE OF YOUR LEADER(2 Samuel 14:28)
Absalom stayed in Israel for 2 full years but did not see the king.
It is wrong to be serving in a ministry but you don’t attend programs and conferences organized by your leader.
5. COMPETING WITH YOUR LEADER(2 Samuel 15:1)
Absalom started competing with King David. He started moving about with a convoy of chariots and a retinue of 50 security and protocol officers as though he was the king.
Competing with your leader is removing your name from leadership.
6. TALKING ILL OF YOUR LEADER AND EXPOSING HIS WEAKNESSES(2 Samuel 15:3)
Absalom exposed king David’s administrative blunders and flaws to the people. He presented his leader in bad light to the people.
You are not to expose the flaws of your leader to the world rather you are to make up for his misdemeanors.
7. PERCEIVING OR VIEWING YOURSELF TO BE BETTER THAN YOUR LEADER(2 Samuel 15:4)
Absalom told the people that if he was the king or judge, he would have given them justice in their cases. He was slyly condemning the leadership of his leader and presenting himself as a better alternative.
Don’t make the mistake to think that you’re better than your leader.
8. STEALING THE HEARTS OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISATION(2 Samuel 15:6)
Stealing the heart of the people implies turning their hearts from their leader to yourself by manipulating them.
9. REBELLING AGAINST YOUR LEADER(2 Samuel 15:6-13)
Rebellion is as witchcraft.
A rebel is a witch.