Friendship Baptist Church Kansas City, Missouri
Committed Leadership
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Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?” Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Yes, what they are building—if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!” Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives. Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders. So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. - Nehemiah 4:1-6

 

There is much in the way of printed and published resources on Leadership today. Almost any individual with enough desire and discipline can become a leader in some capacity. But the  question that may need to be asked, is not ,"How many leaders do we have? but "How committed are they?" Our culture has nurtured a celebrity, narcissistic vision of leadership that largely ignores the problems, pain and pressures leaders face. The Bible is the best resource for leadership and Jesus Christ is the greatest leader.

 

The Nehemiah text lifts up an example of both courage and commitment in the face of criticism. The city of Jerusalem is a mere shadow of her former glory. At the time of the text, the city is defenseless without walls, its beauty has faded having been pillaged by the enemy. It is both love and loyalty that has led Nehemiah to return home and restore the ancient city to its former glory. He starts with rebuilding its walls.

 

We learn from the text that even the best of intentions will be met with the harsh words of critics. How do you handle criticism? Whether it is innocent and well intended or harsh and destructive, every leader who dares to lead with face it. We should therefore pray for both our leaders and ourselves.

 

Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem were the three ring leaders who opposed the Nehemiah plan to rebuild the old city walls. Every leader and every person who aspires to lead should remember the following;

 

1. If you know Jesus Christ and attempt to accomplish anything for Him, the enemy will oppose you.

 

2. You must respond to the enemy’s opposition with prayer, work, vigilance, and focus on the Lord.

 

During this Health crisis , remember to pray for and with your leaders. And if you have been privileged to serve as a leader try and remember these two principles from the text. Leadership is not a position, a title or about authority and power. Leadership is about service, humility and commitment. Perhaps the best leader is the one who has learned to work with and value the opinions of others.

 

In what way can you become a better leader? In what way can you support and strengthen leadership around you?

 

"Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals."
-Unknown

 

Be Well and May God's Healing power rest upon you.

 

 

 

 


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