- Rebuilding Ruins
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We live in a ruined world. Because of that, I believe God will put a burden in your heart to rebuild some part of that ruined world. It might be a burden for starving children halfway around the world, or a burden for the disabled man down the street.
As you feel that burden and begin to pray over it, God will begin to open doors for you to act. When that happens, whether you realize it or not, God will also be transforming you into a leader.
You might say, “I just want to have burdens. I don’t want to be a leader.” However, think about for a minute. It’s the burden God has given you. If it’s your burden, then there is nobody better than you to lead the effort to do something about it. He didn’t give it to you to dump it off on somebody else.
You might then respond, “Well, I can’t lead anything.” Sure you can. God put the burden on your heart. So, He has a vested interest in it and has every intention of giving you what you need to make it happen. Because he acted on his burden, Nehemiah found himself transformed from a cupbearer to one of the greatest leaders in history.
The burden that is on your heart is not going to take care of itself. Although He could, rarely does God intervene with some dramatic display of supernatural power. Most of the time God uses plain old willing and faithful followers. He uses people like you and me.
Nehemiah is a great book on leadership. However, it is not written so you can take it to your pastor, boss, coach, whomever, and say, “Here are the things you need to do, or do better.” No, it is written for you as well.