|Sunday, August 13, 2023|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“For the entire twelve years that I was governor of Judah—from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of the reign of King Artaxerxes—neither I nor my officials drew on our official food allowance. 15 The former governors, in contrast, had laid heavy burdens on the people, demanding a daily ration of food and wine, besides forty pieces[b] of silver. Even their assistants took advantage of the people. But because I feared God, I did not act that way.16 I also devoted myself to working on the wall and refused to acquire any land. And I required all my servants to spend time working on the wall.” Neh 5 : 14-16
ehemiah was a privileged man, the cup bearer(Equivalent to a Special Adviser) to King Artaxerxes of Babylon. He was an immigrant in Babylon due to the sins of his forebears in Judah. Let’s learn some critical lessons from him.
Lesson 1: Concern and Information Gathering
Lesson 2: Emotional Reaction and Action
Lesson 3: Obtaining Permission
Lesson 4: Making Requests
Lesson 5: Sharing Vision and Gaining Support
Lesson 6: Handling Challenges Diplomatically and Prayerfully
Lesson 7: Focus, Strategy, and Security
Lesson 8: Record Keeping and Accountability
Lesson 9: Finishing Strong
Lesson 10: Refusing to Abuse Power and Office.
Nehemiah said as governor for 12 years he did not receive salary due to him. What a lesson! For sixteen years I was privileged to work with an oil company and at the same time pastoring a prosperous church. I refused to take salary or allowance from the church.
Conclusion: Overall, these lessons offer valuable insights for individuals in leadership roles, whether in religious, organizational, or societal contexts. They emphasize the importance of integrity, empathy, clear communication, strategic planning, and responsible use of authority. May the Lord help us all. Maybe you are abusing office in your small corner and stealing your company dry. Don’t you fear God? Don’t you have conscience? What do you want to do with this acquisition of illegal wealth? All these are at the expense of your soul!
“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Mk 8:36