Commitment: How to Beat Your Problems

One of the great teats of leadership is how you handle opposition. Nehemiah faced the usual tactics of the opposition: ridicule (Neh 4:1-3), resistance (4:7-8); and rumour (4:11-12). Nehemiah modeled the right response to all three of these challenges. He…

  1. Relied on God (4:4-5)
  2. Respected the opposition (4:9)
  3. Reinforced his weak points (4:13)
  4. Reassured the people (4:14)
  5. Refused to quit (4:15)
  6. Renewed the people’s strength continually (4:16-23).

While Nehemiah 4 concerns problems from without, chapter 5 deals with problems from within – disputes about food, property and taxes.

Persistence is the ultimate gauge of our Christian life; the secret is to outlast our critics. Nehemiah tauht us this lesson by staying committed to his ultimate calling

Adapted from John Maxwell’s Leadership bible (p.600)
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