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 9
The theme of chapter 9 is Repentance
If you long to be a true Spiritual Leader we must start with repentance. We are a fallen people. Yet this whole idea of confession and repenting of our sins seems to be a lost art in the modern church.
Hate, anger and fear must not be passed onto the next generation. The church often complains about the current generation but they will rise up and take on the mantle of leadership if we will but allow them to experience more of God and less of us.
The prayers and actions of this portion of Nehemiah all sound similar to that of Nehemiah’s prayer in chapter 1. The transition is complete. Men and women are starting to take on the character of their leader. As a leader, this is a proud moment but is also very sobering. Consider what bad habits or false teaching that may be passed onto those that follow you. What character flaws are starting to be demonstrated by those that are following you? As a Spiritual leader it is time to examine our own hearts and make sure that we are leading people to be more like Jesus and less like the world. Spiritual leadership has NOTHING to do with popularity. Remember they killed Christ.
NOTE: Take time to journal all that God is doing in your life. As we repent and confess our sins, let us do it without excuses or blame.
As we live a life of honoring God it is a healthy exercise to create accountability around us so that we may maintain and expand the growth that has begun. This must be seen as nurturing and healthy. Demand accountability for yourself and your followers as a statement of love.