Nehemiah Ė Becoming A Disciplined Leader
Lesson 9: "Promotion with a proper perspective" Nehemiah 5:14-19
"But out of reverence for God, I did not act like that." Neh. 5:16
From foreman to governor
- Then there was the guy who hadnít gotten a promotion in 10 yearsÖ
- Rationale for inserting this descriptive paragraph here (see 5:1-13)
- Promotion and perks! Didnít Nehemiah deserve his "expense account"? After all, he was responsible for 150 people (v. 17,18)
- One ancient text has Ashurnasirpal II feeding 69,574 guests for 10 days
- When Solomon dedicated the temple, look what he did! (I Kings 8:62-65)
- Compare Solomonís daily provisions for one day (I Kings 4:22-23)
- Former governors, even their aides, had been abusing privileges (v. 15)
- This was an ever greater crime considering the troubles in 5:1-13
- This is what Nehemiah meant in verse 16
- Notice how Nehemiahís aides acted (v. 16)
A high calling
- What motivated Nehemiah to avoid abusing privileges, and to avoid using privileges? His choices relate directly to how he viewed his role
- First and foremost, he feared God. (v. 15) also, remember 5:9?
- Nehemiah was sensitive to peopleís needs (v. 18)
- Nehemiah wanted Godís special blessing (v. 19)
- God spelled out his promises in Deut. 28
- Remember Nehemiahís prayer in chapter 1 (1:8-9)
- Remember Godís word to Joshua (1:7-8)
- God didnít give us these verses just to have something to read on Sundays! This is Godís blueprint for how to live!
- Do we approach our daily activities as representatives of the Lord?
#1) We should consider promotion as a potential blessing from God
#2) We should consider promotion as an opportunity to benefit and help others
#3) When we accept a promotion, we must realize we will face new temptations
- A sudden change can upset our balance
#4) When promoted, we must never abuse our privileges.
#5) When promoted, we might be wise to give up certain rights
- Consider Paulís example (I Cor. 9:1,4,7,11-12)
#6) We should always accept a promotion with proper motives
For next week, read Nehemiah Ch. 6:1-14