February 19, 2023
Recruiting People To Help Us
Nehemiah - “After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers and singers and Levites were appointed. I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah, the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most men do.” (Nehemiah 7:1-2)
One of the most dangerous times in our lives is when we’ve completed a goal or a project because we often slack off and then fail to keep growing. However, maintaining success in our lives is every bit as important while at the same time, every bit as difficult as gaining success in the first place. This is when we move from the construction stage to the consolidation phase. Much like Nehemiah, we have to learn how to maintain what we have gained.
After the wall was built, Nehemiah appointed different kinds of leaders to continue the work in Jerusalem. In doing this, he demonstrated one of the important tasks of life - the task of delegation - recruiting new leaders and getting them involved in leadership responsibilities. However, to do this, we need to consider the qualities we should be looking for in new or potential team members. This may lead us to ask ourselves “What qualities should we be looking for in new or potential teammates?”
To help us maintain what we have gained, we should be looking for help in people who demonstrate integrity, honesty and transparency. Nehemiah writes, “I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah, the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity.” (Nehemiah 7:2) Nehemiah knew he needed someone he could trust. Relationships are built on trust, and there is no trust if there is no integrity.
To help us maintain what we have gained, we should be looking for people who demonstrate godliness. Regarding Hananiah, Nehemiah reported that, “He was a man of integrity and feared God more than most men do.” (Nehemiah 7:2) Nehemiah looked for people who took their relationship with God seriously. We should do the same.
We should be looking for people who demonstrate Faithfulness. Hananiah had a track record of faithfulness with Nehemiah. Promotion in God’s Kingdom is based on faithfulness. Jesus told the story of the master who said, “‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” (Matthew 25:23) The Apostle Paul writes, “And the things you have heard me say entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2) God most often chooses and blesses people based on their personal life and their past performance.
FOLLOW UP ACTIVITY
Ask yourself the following question then write out your answers in your journal or on a sheet of paper: “Who are the people in my life who exhibit the above qualities, and what steps do I need to take to develop better relationships with them?” If you’re guiding your family through this devotion, walk them through the qualities listed above and ask them to name people who fit those descriptions. Then, pray together as a family that God would help you all strive for those qualities as well.
PRAYER FOR TODAY
Lord, whenever I am looking for people to join my cause, help me always to look for godly men and women of faithfulness and integrity. And first and foremost, help me exhibit these qualities as well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.