I love reading Nehemiah 3. It’s a list of everyone who finished their part of the Jerusalem Wall project: Eliashib and his fellow priests rebuilt the Sheep Gate, the sons of Hassenaah rebuilt the Fish Gate, Joiada repaired the Old Gate, and on and on.
If Hebrews 11 is the roll call of faith, Nehemiah 3 is the roll call of responsibility.
One verse in particular sticks out.
The next section was repaired by the men of Tekoa, but their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors. (Nehemiah 3:5)
And I especially like the way the KJV says it: “…but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.”
Have you ever worked with someone like that?
Someone who could pinpoint the problem, who could observe the work around them, but was of no real use in bringing about a solution?
Someone who saw themselves as being just a little above the hands-on effort required to finish the task?
British General Alan Brooke said, “It is child’s play deciding what should be done as compared with getting it done.”
This is a quality that bosses want in their employees, and that ministries need in the their workers: the ability to get things done.
Effective leaders can do more than diagnose the problem. They know how to take the necessary steps to make the problem go away.
Are you ready to “put your neck out” to get the job done?