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Be a servant

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In my reading recently, God was showing me again what it means to be a servant and offer your service. I was reading about a man named Nehemiah who was a servant of a king in a foreign land. His people had been taken captive and he had become the king’s cupbearer. One day after hearing of all the bad stuff, which had been happening back in his homeland, he showed a unique appearance to the king. An appearance so unique the king was moved to ask him what was the matter. From my reading, it seemed that Nehemiah had never before shown his feelings this way, hence why the king spoke to him. Nehemiah complained, my homeland is laying desolate and the people are oppressed let me go and build stability and then return.

Imagine someone who was imprisoned, saying “let me out to help build a city and then I will come back.” As I read through some of the passages, it began to dawn on me that Nehemiah was a servant for his cause. Nehemiah showed true leadership by his service. Somewhat like Joseph the son of Israel – being held in prison, when he was finally released into power, he had the opportunity to flourish in the midst of turbulence.

The great leaders of old, have all learned to serve first.

We don’t all laugh to the same joke

 

Daily ministration

We all like to laugh in life, laughing is good for the body. it occurred to me however that we laugh at the same thing only sometimes. One man’s success is another’s laughter. By this I mean, have you ever heard someone was trying to do something and you just laughed? Have you ever told someone your plan and they replied with laughter? I want to ask one question, are you a comedian? If not comedians have the job of making people laugh. You should not really be concerned what makes another smile or laugh, especially if it comes to you telling them a plan.

Nehemiah had prayed earnestly on the behalf of Israel for redemption. God, through the king Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah room to manoeuvre back to his home land in Judah and start to rebuild. What we must remember is that the land lay desolate and not many would have thought something would have become of it (even Israel’s own people).  When we do things in lifer, there are always other people who  will not believe and mock you. When Nehemiah made the plan known people mocked and insulted.

 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?

Whether someone accepts your work or rejects it, know that you are the one who is doing it.

 

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