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A Closer Look


Nehemiah is considered one of the great books on leadership. One principle that we must not overlook is that of conviction. When Nehemiah learns that some of his Jewish people are back in Jerusalem with broken down walls, he doesn’t take it lightly. 

Nehemiah 1:4 says, “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.” Oftentimes we might hear difficult news about family or friends, but we don’t always process it as intentionally as we should. 

Southern Baptist seminary president Albert Mohler says “at the centre of the true leader’s heart and mind you will find convictions that drive and determine everything else.” For Nehemiah, he is the cupbearer of Persia. He is of high position, why should it bother him the condition of his homeland? It does because he cares. 

So much so that he prays for four months before requesting to go back and help rebuild the walls. Lots of great leaders can empower and empathize, teach and manage, but to have clear vision and purpose, it ought to come from the heart. Justice and mercy should grip you like it did of our Lord. If you want to lead, lead out of conviction.

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