Why Do You Want to Be a Leader?—Nehemiah 5:15

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Nehemiah 12:27 – 13:6; Nehemiah 5:14-19; Nehemiah 13:7-21; Malachi 1:1 – 2:9

D.L. Moody said, “A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they only shine.” In our day of public scandals in almost every area of life, especially the political, how refreshing it is to meet a man like Nehemiah who put serving the people ahead of getting gain for himself.  (Wiersbe, Be Determined)

Nehemiah led the way most great leadership books suggest, but few leaders actually lead—by example.

  • His motive was pure–to honor and please God
  • He had compassion for those under his leadership
  • He was willing to sacrifice personal gain for the spiritual good of others
    • Did not use official expense account for household expenses
    • Was careful not to exploit people in any way
  • He participated in the building of the wall, didn’t just tell others what to do
  • He shared what he had with others

John Maxwell says a leader leads by example whether he intends to or not.

Are you leading by example…

  • In the home
  • In the church
  • In the workplace

Do you desire to be promoted to a place of “official” leadership in the workplace or your church?

Why do you want to be a leader?

  • To be in the spotlight
  • To be in charge
  • To tell people what to do
  • To make more money
  • To be in the “inner circle”

The reasons we want to be a leader will determine the way we lead.  Before accepting any position of leadership we should spend some time determining the “real” reason we want to lead.

Nehemiah wasn’t looking to be a leader; he just saw a need (the wall of Jerusalem needed rebuilding) and was moved with compassion to meet the need. (Nehemiah 1-2)

As you read this there are two responses you can have:

  • _________________ needs to hear this.  He/she is leading for the wrong reason.
  • I need to hear this.

Leaders must first grow in an area before we can help others grow.  That’s what makes leading by example so tough; there are many hard places we have to walk, so we can lead others through them.

Today’s our last day in the book of Nehemiah, let’s takes some time to reflect on our method of leading…

How does our leadership style compare with Nehemiah’s example?

What can we do today to become a leader that points others to Christ?


Heavenly Father, help us  make a conscious choice to live a life that leads others straight to You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!



© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Malachi 2:10 through Malachi 4:6; Joel 1:1 through Joel 3:21

One Response to “Why Do You Want to Be a Leader?—Nehemiah 5:15”

  1. vicki mancil September 23, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    First with Nehemiah, he went to the Lord and asked him how to do this, As we should before we accept any type of leadership, Is this HIS will, His plan for us…then thru your assignment, Seek him for All direction and for the ones He will place in the ministry that He has laid before you. To be mindful of All that this ministry will touch.Do NOT acdept this task lightly…Lives are at stake and for some it will be a Eternal change..
    I have come to see in my walk with Jesus, that my leading, is not as much as being a leader, but as walking out my life for others to witness, the Love of Christ in and thru me. In the times that I don’t think I have lead very well or have stumbled more than I should. I have seen that in these times, I have lead in the best example..For it was All Jesus leading me and Not me doing the leading…It was Not of self, but leading in Love and in learning thru Jesus Christ.

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