Learning from Nehemiah…(@Partakers_Dave)


Nehemiah – A leader to emulate

The book of Nehemiah tells us about the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem, and about the leading of the third and last return to Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile.

Key verses of Nehemiah are:

Nehemiah 6:15-16 – So the wall was finished in the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. It happened, when all our enemies heard of it, that all the nations that were about us were afraid, and were much cast down in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was worked of our God.

Nehemiah 8:8-9 – They read in the book, in the law of God, distinctly; and they gave the sense, so that they understood the reading. Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites who taught the people, said to all the people, “This day is holy to Yahweh your God. Don’t mourn, nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.

What can we learn?

As I engage with the book of Nehemiah, I see that Nehemiah exhibits beautifully, the responsibilities of a leader with regard to procedures or activities. I love procedures but I also like to find a way to circumvent them and make them better to work for me! So how did Nehemiah go about these procedures or activities? What can we in the 21st century learn from Nehemiah?

Prayer (Nehemiah 1:4) – The quality of his prayer life exhibits a need to pray through the situation before we can come up with a plan.

Planning (Nehemiah 2:12-16) – Nehemiah planned the rebuilding wisely. He spoke to the King, went to Jerusalem and then surveyed the walls in secret!

Motivated (Nehemiah 2:17-18) – Nehemiah motivated the people. He identified their felt needs, both public and personal, and gave them a workable solution, and answered any objections.

Opposition (Nehemiah 2:20) – He initiated the work in the midst of opposition and he makes a declaration of faith “The God of heaven. He will prosper us therefore we His servants will arise and build.”

Organised and delegated (Nehemiah 3) – Nehemiah scheduled, organized and delegated the workers to rebuild!

Evaluate and sustain – To give support, to maintain or cause to continue, to endure without falling. Chapter 4. If the enemy can destroy your self-image, he has destroyed your work, and that is what the enemy is trying to do. Nehemiah gets them together and prays. He got the people’s eyes off themselves onto God, He transferred their weakness to God and onto what He was going to do and it freed their minds. Evaluation is not to find out what is wrong, it is to find out what we do to sustain the people in the work (Nehemiah 4:7-8, 14). Nehemiah’s answer “God you think about it, I am going to think about it and build the walls.”

Keep going – We also learn that we should not allow unjustified criticism to stop us. Nehemiah teaches us to let God think about it, and keep at the given task. Just as Nehemiah was, we are too. We are God’s leaders, God stewards and should want to be faithful to Him and be wise.

Developed others – The key to Nehemiah’s stewardship and accomplishing this mission, was that Nehemiah modelled in faith and in action what was needed to be done to build the wall. He developed the skills of others and trained them up.

So that was Nehemiah! How about you? How are developing your leadership, your stewardship and what have you learnt from Nehemiah and what will you continue to learn from him? How are you developing others – in what ever it is you are doing?

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Tentmaker and Partaker, some say pioneer, seeking to help churches/christians engage actively within digital space...