May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017

NEHEMIAH 7

Focus Verse: then I put Hanani my brother, and Hananiah the commander of the fortress, in charge of Jerusalem, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many.
Nehemiah 7:2

 

In my humble opinion (and I think one could make a pretty strong biblical case that it’s God’s opinion too), this ought to be the very first consideration for a person in leadership. Hananiah was a faithful man and feared God more than many; what a high complement. Unfortunately, we promote based on skill and talent instead of character, yet for some reason we’re surprised when the results that follow see these leaders cracking under the moral pressure.

 

I’m going to use a long-shot comparison here:

I used to coach football. I noticed a trend toward the end of my coaching career where colleges were recruiting players based purely on speed and size. Not that their performance on the field wasn’t considered, but there were some players that were just flat out big or flat out fast, and even though they had only been playing football for a year or two, they were being recruited by some legit university programs. This is the thought: you can coach x’s and o’s to players, you can’t coach speed and size.

 

The same could be said for character. You can grow in talent and skill, but when it comes to character, it is much harder to be taught. Now I firmly believe in progressive sanctification – meaning that Christ has sanctified us completely, but we are still in the process of being made more and more into His image – so I don’t believe that any of us aren’t growing or able to grow more like Christ in the character department.

 

That said, I believe that these cores, being faithful and fearing God are the bedrock or developing a character that honors Christ. If we can’t admit that we need Jesus, we won’t be able to grow more like Him.

 

So are you a person of high moral character? Are you faithful and do you fear God? Are you the kind of person that Nehemiah would put in charge of Jerusalem? If not, it is never too late to get on that path; you just have to realize that YOU can’t do it. Try as hard as you may, Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit living in you, is the only way your character can be changed.

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