Nehemiah started as a slave in a foreign land. Through a series of circumstances stemming from God’s favor upon him and his will to lean into it, he had become the governor of his homeland. Parting of the rebuilding process wasn’t merely a physical one but a relational one. The system had been setup to hurt the people of Israel and put them against each other. This was the inherited problem that Nehemiah faced. If he could rebuild the wall to stop people from destroying the people from without, the people would probably still destroy each other from within. The solution lie in adopting God’s love for the people as his own. It is rarely enough to order humans to do right by each other. As relational creatures, we feel the need to be led into it. Nehemiah decided to sacrifice, both financially and in station. He worked with his people. He put his resources toward their mutual causes. He refused to take from them what they couldn’t afford. This is what inspired the people and taught them a new way. This is true servant leadership. Those in leadership today would do well to keep their pocketbooks light, their feet among their people and their hearts next to God.
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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