We are a nation and a world desperate for men and women of God to lead. Today you begin or continue that journey. As Joshua directed the people of Israel I also direct you, “Choose this day who you will serve.” As leaders in this modern world we can be tempted to follow the latest fad or chase after money, fame or power. Will you serve those idols or will you choose to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
Read Nehemiah chapter 6
The theme of chapter 7 Delegation
Most leaders fall into the trap that if they want it done and done right that they need to do it themselves. It is a trap because the minute that you buy into it your organization, company and even family is limited. If you buy into that belief than I predict that you are the bottleneck in your organization and the life span of your family, business or organization will either be shortened At the very least those that you lead will not be allowed to learn and grow and your impact on the world will be small.
To be an effective Spiritual leader you must learn to delegate.
It seems likely that Nehemiah learned these skills as a cupbearer to the King. There is no way the king could manage the empire on his own. Officials of all sorts of types likely came and went throughout the days and Nehemiah saw the impact made by reliable leaders serving below the king.
In chapter 7, Nehemiah has just finished the building of the wall. They have celebrated but what will the future hold. What is next? Will the wall last? Do you want the work you have invested your life in to outlast you? To make any lasting change you must learn the art of delegation.
Step 1: Put the right people in the right places in your organization.
- While the right skills are often critical. What is really important is character and alignment with the culture of the organization.
- These must be people that your trust from your gut. Too often we hire because we are desperate or we want to be nice. Man or woman of God, ask Jesus to show you what is best for your organization.
- These must be people that share the vision of the organization.
- These must be people of integrity. Integrity is more than just being honest. Honesty should be a given. But people of integrity are able to stand up to the pressures and storms that come with being a world changing organization.
- Regardless of what type of business you are in, you need to select people that know for a fact that they are working for God and not for you.
Advice: Hire slowly and fire quickly. Take your time and choose wisely. Seek wise counsel for every hire regardless of position.