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 12
The theme of chapter 12 Purity and Thanksgiving
Many within the church give lip service to purity; but to move toward purity needs to be deliberate and purposeful. We cannot do this on our own. We must spend time with the King and ask Him to purify us and make us whole. We desperately need His washing.
- Pray for purity
- Memorize purity verses
- Read your Bible daily
- Attend a church that teaches God’s Word and has high standards (not legalistic, just high standards)
Within the Body of Christ, purity must begin at the top. Leaders must work on this routinely and make sure that it is who they are, not just what they appear to be. I dare you to live life as a leader that can be pure and holy and make choices that reflect that truth.
From there the leader will be in a position to pass on the character of purity, the passion of purity and the culture of purity will be established. The point is to desire purity in the innermost places of your entire being. This is not easy; but must be done.
Thanksgiving also begins with leaders. Every November people do the 30 days of thanksgiving sorts of challenges and that is great. But this year I dare you to make it a yearlong event. You will have to dig deep. I read of a lady that used to complain about muddy kitchen floors from her son. It seemed that every time she mopped that her son would traipse through the kitchen and mess it up. One day he was very sick and eventually died. A few weeks later she was mopping the floor and it stayed clean. She realized that she should have been thankful for the dirty floor, because that meant that she had a son that was the life of her home. Thankfulness comes in strange places and in strange ways. Look for reasons to be thankful and they will suddenly appear.
The city is surrounded by thanksgiving and praise! What an awesome picture of a community that is being transformed by the King.
What would our community look like if we simply praised God all around our cities? Could we get enough people, enough from different churches working together to make this happen? What kind of statement would this make to unbelievers?