– Nehemiah 2:9-20
“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” – Henry Ford
Last month we kicked-off the new One Thing season by diving deep into the subject of leadership from the personal journal of a guy named Nehemiah. This Friday, as requested by many, we’ll jump back into that fantastic Old Testament book and invest 3 weeks looking into “Leadership at a Crossroads.”
Motive is defined as, “That which incites to action; that which determines the choice, or moves the will” (according to the American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828).
We pick up the story of Nehemiah in chapter 2. Nehemiah has already spent months in earnest prayer and he has secured the permission of the king to take a leave of absence. As we insert ourselves into the story in verse 9, we see him making his way to Jerusalem to do something that everyone else thought was impossible.
The walls had been broken down and the gates burned for over 100 years. Several attempts had been made through the years to rebuild, but every one of them ended in failure.
The days were dark, disappointing and discouraging.
Nehemiah steps into that picture and sets things in motion to do as God had burdened his heart… rebuild!
But this rebuilding project was not something that he could do all alone. If it was to be done, Nehemiah was going to have to motivate the people to work, and that was no small task.
How did he do it?
Why was he successful where so many others had failed?
We find out how he began to motivate the people to get the job done, right here in chapter 2.
Plan on being a part of One Thing this Friday at 7:00 a.m., and join us on the journey to motivation.
Do you best to arrive early because you will not want to miss a single action packed minute.
With great expectancy I will see you around the tables on Friday!
This Week’s Key Verses
“Then I said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision. And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work.’”
“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain…” Psalm 127:1
“So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord you labor is not in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:58