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!
Together we make a great impact on our families and communities. Look for allies and move us toward building our wall.
As a Spiritual leader do not limit yourself to who you can influence with to those your position grants you. Seek to influence the influencers. Get them excited, encourage them to join you. Make it your one desire to find men and women of God who are willing to get dirty, who are willing to be uncomfortable for the Kingdom of God. Make them your allies.
At first glance, it appears that Nehemiah is recording the efforts of ordinary people. But in truth there is no such thing as ordinary people.
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” -CS Lewis
Every human being is potentially the temple of the Holy Spirit. All great movements, though start with those that have been written off by society. Throughout history they have been scorned and derided but they are the ones that win battles, lead movements and transform communities. Most do not have a “name” that we would remember. They are a sea of empty faces, simply doing what must be done.
''America must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.''
-Martin Treptow (An American soldier in World War II who gave up his life in the defense of freedom. He would have been considered an ordinary person.)
Gather the masses that may seem insignificant. They are the real power in any community. Help them discover that they have great value.
The people did not wait on the nobles to rise up and do right. Deep down I pray and hope and wish for our community and national leaders to rise up and do what is right. But I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I cannot, must not wait on them to get their acts together. God’s vision is what is important. Do not wait on polls or elections. Many politicians are fearful of losing their position. The perks of office are too great for them to risk being replaced. I long to see our elected leaders in the sweat and mire of difficult work, but I don’t fully expect that I will see an elected official knee deep in the mud.
You, my noble brothers and sisters, go out and do right.