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 3
The theme of chapter 3 is Together!
Some days it seems easier to just do it yourself. By the time that you explain what you want and then discover that it was somehow still misunderstood and then your redo it, you could have had it done. The problem with that thinking is that you have robbed someone else of the opportunity for service. Additionally, you will have to do it yourself for the rest of the foreseeable future. Is that what you want? Notice in history that God has used
Government: The Gospel carried around the world because of the Pax Romana and the great Roman roads that were available throughout the known world. In a more negative sense we see that even Pilate fulfilled the will of God in allowing Jesus to be executed. God uses government to accomplish His will. We saw in chapter 2 of Nehemiah that God used Artaxerxes to provide the supplies and authority to get the wall built. Too often the church sets itself against the Government. But the Spiritual leader looks for ways to work with the government without compromising God’s Word. Think of Daniel in Daniel 1. He refused the defile himself with the foods that were not kosher. But instead of straight rebellion he put the Word of God to the test . He won. In more dramatic fashion the same thing happens in the fiery furnace story and the lion’s den episode. We must find ways to influence our governments to seek God and follow His ways.
The Church: Of course God will use His Church. In theory this should be His “go to” tool. Unfortunately this has not always been the case. Too often the church is more concerned with blending in with the culture and being liked. We, the church, have tried to build a highway with multiple lanes into the Kingdom. Remember that the road is narrow. For examples of this see the impact on the poor throughout the Acts of the Apostles. Here is chapter 3 of Nehemiah we will see the Priests doing their part in the building of the wall.
Business: Paul was a tent builder so that he would not have to simply live off of offerings. Consider this, people will spend more time at work this week than they will in church. If your business can reflect Christ (more than just playing Christian music) not only will it be more successful, it will also become a thriving mission field. We see business leaders doing their part for building the wall. Who benefits from this? The right answer is everyone. A safe city will draw customers and multiple customers will bring more business.
Ordinary People: The Bible is full of simple ordinary folks doing amazing things for the Kingdom of God. Do not dismiss anyone, Everyone can do great things to empower and strengthen our communities. No one is to be dismissed as incapable. Some might have ulterior motives that we might need to redirect but for many in our society we have decided that we need to simply take care of them and not ask anything of them. Call out the best in people and watch them blossom.