There Is Work to Be Done

Special thanks to Michael Morton, one of our pastoral interns, for this guest post.

Someone once said that the only thing that separates us from animals is our instincts. Animals have a survival instinct while humans have something much greater, a success instinct. The success instinct is what drives humans to live. People many times are afraid to step out and take a chance because they might not succeed, while others seem to find success at the drop of a hat. Why such a contrast?

Every person has a desire to see success come from his or her life, but only a few ever seem to find success. Those that find success are the people who take the time and the steps necessary in order to see that goal accomplished in their lives. This is the success instinct.

Nehemiah discovered the success instinct. He had a daunting task in front of him: rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Although this task seemed impossible to those around him, he was able to accomplish the task in 53 days! He was able to see success because He followed some simple steps in order to get things done.

Everyday we are faced with different tasks. Our response to these tasks will determine if we succeed or fail. When seeking success, here are some steps to follow:

  • Determine your God-given role (Nehemiah 1). Nehemiah was simply the king’s cup bearer, but he was in a position of influence. When you discover what your God given roles are, your roles will help you determine the importance of each task you face through out the day.
    Tip: Sit down with a Bible and biblically discern you key roles!!
  • Plan your work, and work your plan (Nehemiah 2:5;3:1-32). Nehemiah brought his plan before the king, and then worked his plan accordingly. The tasks you face must be methodically worked through with a plan. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
    Tip: Keep an up-to-date planner!
  • Set a date of completion (Nehemiah 2:6). The King was worried about how long this project would take Nehemiah, so Nehemiah gave him a date of completion. When you set a date of completion, you will set aside the time necessary to get the project done.
    Tip:  Have predefined check points along the way!
  • Enlist help from others (Nehemiah 2:7; 3:1-32). Nehemiah sought help from the king and had each tribe of Israel working on the wall. If a project is too big for you to handle, seek help from others.
    Tip: When you properly communicate your vision, others will want to come along!
  • Do not get distracted by other demands (Nehemiah 6:1-4). Nehemiah realized he had a great work to do, so He did not go down to the plains of Ono. There will be other demands that need to be taken but stay committed to the task at hand.
    Tip: Keep your desk and room clean!

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