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 1
John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-
My dear, noble brothers and sisters, all people are made in the image of God. No matter what lifestyle they have chosen. But for those of us who love Jesus and receive Him into our lives, we get to be children of God. Do you understand what that means?
He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. If we are his children that makes us Prince or Princesses in His Kingdom. You are royalty. I challenge you to live by that authority and in that identity.
We learn here that a Spiritual Leader is curious. That leader needs to have a deep desire to understand people. Know this. Many people will not make sense to you. Take the time to listen and to seek to understand them. Give every effort to understand other races and cultures. Seek to understand people who are different than you. Make understanding your mission.
I may never really understand what it is like to be black man in the United States. But the effort gives me compassion. It shapes the way I read history and watch the news. The seeking opens up interesting areas of science and history that I have never previously explored. The examination exposes evil and treachery in some otherwise very respectable people. Most importantly it opens my eyes to my own prejudices and emotions.
This fact is true regardless if I am trying to understand what it is like to be woman, a native American or anything other than what I am. However, it is the quest that we are on to better understand one another. It should also be known that we are not looking to judge them or get them to change or for us to simply copy them. Our target is understanding, not agreement.
While it feels good to help a boat load of people with a blanket offering it may not be effective. When I seek to understand people and their position it enables me to maybe actually help them where they need it most. Additionally, when you take the time to understand people you can more effectively pray for them.
The Spiritual Leader felt the need. Seek to emotionally connect with those that you want to serve. We see Nehemiah the Spiritual leader taking prayer seriously. Too many prayers make me yawn, feel like a check the box event. I long to be a man like Nehemiah who wept and prayed with his whole self.
Look, my noble brothers and sisters, people are dying and going to hell. Consider what they will experience. They will suffer for eternity. Should I not weep for them? Should I not plead with the Creator to draw them to Himself?
Where ever you lead you carry with you the message of Hope. Actually, the ONLY message of lasting hope. You have the message of healing. You have the message of completeness. Cry out in prayer.
But Nehemiah does not stop there. Consistently we see Nehemiah praying and then taking action. Never simply say I will pray about that. Pray and then take action. Do it. Ask God where you can be a part of His plan for this world. Be a doer of His Word.
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