Doug Idema

2017 Leadership Series: The Builder Leader

Come Let Us Rebuild

“You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace. (Nehemiah 2:17 NIV).

“Come, let us rebuild.” That was Nehemiah’s rallying cry to the leaders in Jerusalem. To paraphrase, we are in a mess and need to fix it together.

The good news is that God is in the business of building and rebuilding. God wants to restore what was once in ruins.God stands ready to rebuild in our churches, ministries, families and personal lives.God is patient and long suffering.

Rebuild, Reconcile, Renew

It shouldn’t surprise us that there is a need to rebuild, reconcile and renew. Satan’s business is destruction. Our enemy, the devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.(1 Peter 5:8). Our own sin nature also can destroy; therefore, we are encouraged to get rid of our old self which is opposed to God (Romans 8:7).

A few notes from the passage in Nehemiah. When Nehemiah spoke to the leaders he gave them a reason for rebuilding…that we may no longer suffer derision. He was motivated by God’s honor and respect for God’s people, His testimony and name. Additionally, Nehemiah attributed the work to God…. I told them of the hand of God that had been upon me for good.

Nehemiah didn’t blame anyone for the mess Jerusalem was in. Instead, he identified himself with the problem…you see the trouble we are in. He assessed the situation and rallied the troops for the task ahead.

God is always looking for people who are willing to rebuild what has been destroyed. Are you one of those people? It might be a local church that is headed for ruin because of sin and apathy. It might be your family that has been divided. It could be a situation in your work or with your friends.

Leadership Lessons from Nehemiah

1.Don’t play the blame game. Finding blame is the norm in our society. God is the judge, so leave that job with Him. That doesn’t mean we avoid getting to root cause and correcting, but make sure it isn’t with a motive of attributing blame.Identify yourself with the problem.

2.Honestly assess the situation. Nehemiah knew exactly what the situation was before he started down the path of correcting it. Make sure you understand the problem and the reason for rebuilding.

3.Rally the troops and get going. Your job as a leader is to help communicate the vision, organize and work. Be action oriented. Get others involved. Keep praying, but keep working, knowing that God’s good hand is in restoring what has been broken.

God is the ultimate example of fixing what He did not destroy. John 3:17 says it so well. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

May we be in God’s business of building, rebuilding and renewing.

Doug Idema
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