24 Feb Accepting God’s Vision
Read Nehemiah 1
Thought for the Day: Am I willing to accept God’s vision for my life?
If you were asked to name the “greatest leaders of all-time”, who would some of the candidates be? As we consider the greatest men and women who have led, it is important to remember that a leader is remembered for his/her vision and the effectiveness with which it is carried out. Truly great leaders understand that vision cannot be self-serving. Rather, to lead is to accept that leadership comes from ideals – ones greater than ourselves. The best leadership is based on God’s plan and purpose for our lives. After all, God has a special purpose for each of us. We just need to be willing to accept our circumstances and be obedient.
During the Old Testament Exile, Nehemiah fully embraced God’s vision for his life. While the Israelites were held captive by the Persian Empire, Nehemiah didn’t complain about his circumstances. Instead, he had the opportunity to accept God’s vision for his life based on an understanding that he was powerless to change the global forces of empires. He had to be willing to hear some bad news: “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.” While Nehemiah was being prepared to embark on an incredible journey, he knew that it was not simply an exercise in vanity or ego. Instead, he humbly received the news and got ready. Nehemiah accepted God’s vision. He simply had to accept the bad news he was given, say yes to God, and move forward obediently.
We don’t live in exile. However, we certainly encounter our share of bad news. How often do we give up our chances to lead simply by being unwilling to accept life on life’s terms? We may say that we want to live by faith, but are we willing to accept our circumstances and say yes to God? Our society is increasingly divided and confused. God has given us as believers the opportunity to be bridge builders and encouragers. When we look around and see people hurting, we have the chance to be part of God’s solution. First, we must be willing to accept reality, say yes to the opportunities God gives us, and move forward obediently!
Pastors Stan and David