Summary: In a day when his nation lay in ruins from the Lord’s Judgment, the Lord needed a man Bold enough and Committed enough to lead His people to rise up and rebuild. Nehemiah was that man. This message describes the man the lord uses to get the job done
TEXT: NEHEMIAH 6:15
TITLE: BOLD BUILDERS
Author: JACK WOODARD
"So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty two days!" [Nehemiah 6:15]
That is an amazing statement when you consider the extent of the devastation and that for years the people had shown a willingness to live in defeat, disgrace, and even danger, rather than to pay the price and muster the courage to rise up and rebuild the City and the Walls of Jerusalem. How then was so much accomplished in such a short period of time with such a people, Leadership. The Bold Leadership of one man, Nehemiah.
As I have watched the News the past few days about the tragedy in Arizona, I have noticed how the Republicans seem to be intimidated and stalled in their efforts to rebuild America, much like the people of Jerusalem were in the days of Nehemiah. They too seem timid to move forward in the hard task of Repealing and Rebuilding that the people elected them to do this past November. I have also noticed some of the same tactics being used against them are some of the same tactics Nehemiah’s opposition employed against him and his efforts to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The fact is that there will always be opposition against those that are about doing what is right for our Nation and for the Work of the Lord. We need Bold Leaders like Nehemiah in our government and in our churches, that will not be stopped nor allow his people to take their hands from the plow. Let me suggest several things that Nehemiah as a leader would not allow himself or his people to be and do. Let’s pray our Leaders would be so wise and so bold.
1. Nehemiah Would Not Be Selfish: [Nehemiah 1, 5]
As the King’s Cup-bearer he had a comfortable life, but he was willing to Deny Himself his comforts for the Lord’s sake and for the sake of his Nation, present and future. Nor would he allow the selfishness and greed of others to take advantage of the people when they were down. [Nehemiah 5] Nehemiah would not tolerate selfishness in him-self or among his people. We need Leaders who are willing to deny themselves and give themselves to the task at hand for the sake of the generations to come. That was the first and foremost common factor that our Founding Fathers possessed and displayed. Many a work goes undone because no one is willing to Deny Themselves and Put Their Hands to the Plow. Many a work has been stopped because of the hard feelings and divisions that have been created by selfish people who were eager to take advantage of people in difficult times for personal gain. No Selfish person will ever be a builder. The first law of discipleship is Self Denial and Submission to the Lord and His call upon your life. [Matthew 16:24] Someone once stated: "In the world of give and take, there are not many willing to give what it takes!!" It takes a man who is willing to die to self. That is Jesus’ call, come and die! (Matthew 16:25) Do Not Be Selfish nor Self Serving!!
2. Nehemiah Would Not Be Scared: [Nehemiah 2:3; 6:9, 11]
The fear of man and what they may do unto you can be paralyzing, but Nehemiah time and time again shows his courage and the ability to encourage others to press on in the face of threats and intimidation. Get it settled, if the work is the thing that the Lord would have you to do, then the Lord will be with you and he will also be against all of your opposition. "If God be for us, who can be against us?" [Romans 8:31] "No weapon that if formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise up against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, saith the Lord."[Isaiah 54:17] Do Not Be Selfish, Do Not Be Scared!!
3. Nehemiah Would Not Be Side Tracked: [Nehemiah 6:3]
Nehemiah’s opposition time and time again tried to Side Track him from his work to fight other battles or to negotiate with them, but Nehemiah knew that was dangerous, if the work would stop for any reason it would be next to impossible to get the people to restart their work. Refuse to be Side Tracked, there are things that must have our attention for sure, but always keep one hand doing the work even if you have to use the other to fight.[Nehemiah 4:17] Don’t come down off the wall until the wall is built and the work is done! Don’t Be Selfish, Don’t Be Scared, Do not Be Side Tracked!