What bothers you? What keeps you up at night? Is it some societal injustice or family issue? Perhaps you have a personal conviction regarding behavior, which guides decisions in your current situation.
If you are facing a problem, a burden or a crisis, it could be that God has allowed you to experience it so you can be the difference-maker in that situation. Don’t complain about it. Don’t just cry about it. Confidently trust God with it, and let him give you direction. Leaders know how to give instructions and also how to receive instructions. Leadership is doing something that would not get done if you didn’t do it.
Nehemiah was a leader, a difference-maker and a change agent because of the burden he felt, the Godly dependence he practiced and the plan he made to impact the problem. I believe we can follow his pattern found in the Old Testament scriptural passage of the book named for him.
Nehemiah possessed a clear vision and mission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, which had been destroyed. Despite facing opposition and challenges, he remained steadfast and resolute in his mission.
Skilled at rallying and mobilizing people, Nehemiah built a team of workers, motivating them to contribute to the project. His ability to engage and inspire others played a significant role in the successful completion of the wall. Although he encountered various challenges during the rebuilding process, including external opposition and internal conflicts, he demonstrated astute problem-solving skills, addressing issues promptly and finding effective solutions.
Nehemiah led by example, exhibiting humility and a servant’s heart. He did not exploit his position of authority; he worked alongside his team, showing care and concern for their well-being. Throughout his leadership journey, Nehemiah sought God’s guidance through prayer. He relied on his faith and trusted in God’s provision, seeking divine wisdom and strength to accomplish his task.
Be like Nehemiah, and make a difference in your world.
– Cliff Pace is the lead pastor of Canton First Baptist, 1 Mission Point, Canton, GA 30114. www.cantonfirstbaptist.org.