Nehemiah is that wonderful book in the Old Testament dealing with the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. It’s a book that centers around a great leader, Nehemiah, who rallies the people to action. A key chapter is chapter 3. It’s a list of everyone who finished their part of the Jerusalem Wall project: Eliashib and his fellow priests rebuilt the Sheep Gate, the sons of Hassenaah rebuilt the Fish Gate, Joiada repaired the Old Gate, and on and on. If Hebrews 11 is the roll call of faith, Nehemiah 3 is the roll call of responsibility. However, one verse in particular sticks out.
“And next to them the Tekoites repaired,
but their nobles would not stoop to serve their Lord.” (Nehemiah 3:5)
And I especially like the way the KJV says it:
“but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.”
Have you ever worked with someone like that? Someone who could pinpoint the problem, who could observe the work around them, but was of no real use in bringing about a solution? Someone who saw themselves as being just a little above the hands-on effort required to finish the task?
British General Alan Brooke, the foremost military advisor to Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “It is child’s play deciding what should be done as compared with getting it done.”
This is a quality that bosses want in their employees, and that ministries need in their workers: the ability to get things done. Effective leaders can do more than diagnose the problem. They know how to take the necessary steps to make the problem go away.
Our task is a much greater one than rebuilding some walls around a city. Our task is to take the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth starting right here in Redwood City CA.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Are you ready to “put your neck out” to get the job done?