We Are All Leaders

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We are all leaders in one aspect or another. It does not have to be head of a church ministry, organization or in the community.  We are to lead wherever God has placed us, on the job and in the home.

The book of Nehemiah tells us the story of this great leader and we can learn from and be encouraged by his example. Nehemiah was called by God to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. God was doing a bigger work in his life and the life of His people than building a wall and fixing gates.

He knew he was called by God to accomplish the work He had for him to do.  When we remember we are called by God it will give us the strength and encouragement to get the job done. There is no fear when God calls you to a work and lead where you are because He will get it done through you because in Christ we all have a place in the kingdom work.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10

He depended on prayer.  The book of Nehemiah begins and ends with prayer.  Throughout the whole book he had times of disciplined prayer and the quick prayers in the moment. He was in constant contact and relationship with God.  We are reminded to:

“pray without ceasing and give thanks in everything” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.

He had a plan and vision and saw it through to the end. No matter what God has called you to do, it is part of building His church. If you lose sight of what God has called you to, discouragement and the temptation to give up will cloud your vision. Nehemiah realized he was doing a bigger thing than simply repairing gates and fixing walls. He was getting the city and God’s people ready for a great work of God. If you are leading as a mom, realize you are doing more than changing diapers, wiping noses and disciplining. If you are a teacher, you are doing more than teaching and keeping a classroom in order, if you work in retail you are doing more than helping people shop and if you are in business it is more than helping people make money, etc…. What has God called you to do and what is the greater purpose?

“it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

He submitted to authority.  He respected the king and submitted his plan to him for approval. He was accountable and kept his word regarding when he would return to the king.  His main authority was God’s Word.  He had Ezra (another great man and book to read) teach the people so they too would obey God. Surround yourself with godly men and women to help and encourage you in the word. Make it a priority to spend time with God in scripture.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

He was organized in his work, and worked hard. He surveyed the situation, made a plan, and worked right along with the people. He was able to get others to willingly work with him and become leaders themselves.  When the work was finished, in a very short time, against all odds He acknowledged that God was with Him. He then held a revival service for the people and dedicated the walls so they would know it was only because of God the work was completed.

“we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and those who are called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28.

Because he was in constant fellowship with God and knew His word, he was able to discern the tactics of the enemy and did not allow them to keep him from his task. Leaders must spot them before anyone else and be ready to meet them quickly and efficiently and stay on task.

“Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:10-13

He lived his life above reproach and sought to glorify God, not himself.  He followed hard after God and His word and was careful to not allow anything to hinder him from the work God called him to. He had faith, courage and perseverance to step out and accomplish everything according to God’s purpose and for His glory. Like Nehemiah we too can be a leader where God has placed us. We have to understand that it can be hard and frustrating at times. To lead and finish well we have to be willing to lay self aside, takes risks and make mistakes knowing that He will accomplish His purpose through His power working in us. We are to pray like Paul for each other and ourselves daily:

“ For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Where has God called you to lead?

Living inside out is being the leader God has called you to be- leading from the inside out!

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About kimlenon
Welcome to Inside Out! I desire to offer encouragement and resources to help women live their lives Inside Out because God changes us from the Inside Out! I have been married to Dave for 39 years. We have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. My passion is to teach women how to study and apply God's Word.

7 Responses to We Are All Leaders

  1. Christina says:

    How often I fail to remember this! I get distracted and caught up in the details of life and forget God’s purposes for me. Thanks for this, Kim!

  2. Thank you, Kim! Oh, how Jon and I needed this today! Thank you for the reminder to lead where we are.

  3. Lynn says:

    Great reminder that God gives each of us a job to do to continue to build His Kingdom……His Church.

  4. Janet says:

    This statement stood out for me – because that discernment piece – it isn’t through our own wisdom we are able to discern…it is through our relationship with God – What a great reminder!! “Because he was in constant fellowship with God and knew His word, he was able to discern the tactics of the enemy and did not allow them to keep him from his task.” Visiting from Unite – Janet

  5. Oh friend, God is calling me to build, and oh the encouragement this is to step out in faith-steps where He is leading! Thank you for being a part of UNITE! Your posts, packed in powerful scripture is continually a blessing!

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