Thursday, September 29, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Nevertheless, the former governors before me placed a heavy burden on the people. They received food and wine, plus a tax of 40 shekels of silver. Even their young men took advantage of the people, but I never did so because I feared God. “Remember me with favor, my God, for everything I’ve done for this people.” Nehemiah 5 : 15,19 (ISV ).
LISTEN : One of the key requirements for success in leadership is sacrifice. Sacrifice is one of the qualities of a good leader. Not everyone who’s in leadership position is indeed a leader. Good leaders come to serve not to be served, they make sacrifices for the wellbeing of the people they lead. A good leader feels the pains of his people and brings solutions to them. When leadership is devoid of sacrifice and selflessness, followers are seen and used as means of achieving personal and selfish intentions. But good leaders brings joy and prosperity to his people. Imagine having successive leaders in governance who’re sacrificial and selfless in their various administrations, do you think things will be the way they’re today? Leaders who’re ready to use their own resources to better the lives of the people. Leaders whose burning zeal is to pioneer good governance. Leaders whose aim in leadership position is not to amass wealth at the expense of the people, but to make the people feel the impart of good governance. Leaders that will not impose themselves on the people, and are not ready to kill if resisted. Leaders whose interest is on the people, and not just on themselves and their immediate families. Leaders like Nehemiah who would not take after there fraudulent, wicked, mischievous, reckless and selfish predecessors, but who’re ready to use judiciously government funds in their custody, and their personal fund for the good of the people.
Nehemiah the Governor of Judah, was an exceptional and exemplary leader, who emerged a Governor at a time Israel was in political and economic trouble; his predecessors took advantage of the people and placed huge financial demand on the people. However, Nehemiah chose to take a different approach, he forgone his rights and privileges as a leader (Governor) to ameliorate the people’s burden. The bible says this about him, ” Nevertheless, the former governors before me placed a heavy burden on the people. They received food and wine, plus a tax of 40 shekels of silver. Even their young men took advantage of the people, but I never did so because I feared God.“ (Nehemiah 5 : 15.) Governor Nehemiah of Judah was able to maintain such lifestyle because he was God fearing. The bible says, ” But I never did so because I feared God.“ Nehemiah 5 : 15b. Where is the fear of God in our leaders today? (Ecclesiastics 12 : 13). When money meant for infrastructural development and meaningful projects are being diverted to personal use, where is the fear of God? When politics which is supposed to unite the people and facilitate good governance has now become ‘a do or die’ affair, and a death trap for many, where is the fear of God? Beloved, leadership should not be used as a means to fraudulently enrich yourself at the expense of the people; but a means to serve and leave a legacy of goodness, justice, fairness, integrity, faithfulness, accountability, etc. Henceforth, let’s learn to make sacrifices both as leaders and followers for God will certainly remember us.(Psalms 112:1)
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. As a leader, learn to feel the pains of your people and determine to bring solutions to them.
2. Whether as a leader or a follower, learn to make sacrifices
3. Pray daily for good governance and good leaders not to cease in the land.
4. Always remember that it’s demonic, selfish and senseless not to feel the pains of your people.
Daily Task : As a leader, don’t curse your unborn generations by stealing from the money and resources meant for the wellbeing of the people of your own generation.
Daily Reflection : Not everyone who’s in leadership position is indeed a leader. Good leaders come to serve not to be served, they’re not afraid to make sacrifices for the wellbeing of the people they lead.
Prayer :Almighty God, I thank you for your word today, guide me to live upright in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, God will give you divine direction, you’ll not be blinded to the right path to life in Jesus ‘ name, amen.