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 2
The theme of chapter 2 is AWARENESS!
Nehemiah 2:3 Nehemiah is aware of the right timing for bringing his request to the king. Months have passed but I am sure that his nights and days are filled with visions and dreams of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Some days he feels hopeful and other days feels like it is simply a dream that will be totally unfulfilled. How does the Spiritual Leader know the WHEN of leadership? When do you ask for a raise? When do you confront? When do you ask for permission? When do you ask for permission? Additionally, how do you know the right tone and the right way to ask?
The answer to all of this is simple but not often done.
Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
We must become disciplined followers of Jesus. We must walk with Him daily. Spend time in His Word. Read it, mediate on it, memorize it, study it, LIVE IT! We become like the people that we hang out with. In a short amount of time we start thinking and acting like them. Make the primary people you hang out with be the Father, Son and Holy Spirit along with a few other great representations of image of God.
Nehemiah knew what he wanted. As a leader it is likely that you know what you want. But a Spiritual leader is also aware of what God wants. Be constantly AWARE of God’s presence and what He wants to do moment to moment. The prize for the Spiritual leader is to live in obedience to the character of Christ.
Additionally notice that this request was not just for what Nehemiah wanted. He wants to be part of the experience. This is true for all leaders. We want to be in on the action. But think through this request just a bit.
Nehemiah has a cushy job in the palace of the most powerful human sovereign in the world. He has access to all of the comforts that are available. His request will take him to a city that has been destroyed by war. He will not have a cushy bed. He will not have the best foods and the nicest entertainment. He is forsaking comfort. The modern church is full of a desire for comfort. We like the heat and air conditioning to be just right. We like our problems easy and our lunches on time. The modern Christian is soft. The Spiritual leader though is being toughened. We must call our brothers and sisters in Christ to be tough. There is much complaining that goes on when the government allows sin to be made into law. (Think abortion and same sex marriage.) Most Christians have surrendered and simply whine about the situation. God is still and always in control. Do not worry.
The body of Christ must pray that these things cease in our land. Pray and speak to change these laws. The whole body of Christ should be fighting to change these things. But more than the laws we need to work to change the hearts of people. Turn them to Christ . The problem is not government but it is sin that is taking hold in our land.
We will be rejected when we call homosexuality sin . We will be called haters and worse. But if we do it in love we can make a kingdom difference. That is the goal of the Spiritual Leader. Be a Kingdom person not a national person. Seek to do what is right and lead others to do the same.
Most of us say that we want to be like Jesus but in doing so we forget that He was rejected, abused and killed. When you teach truth they will want to destroy you. Life will not be comfortable for the man or woman of God.
Become AWARE of the sacrifice that leadership will require.