Lessons on Leadership from Nehemiah
“Day 7 (Numbers 7)”Categories: 40 Days in the Wilderness
This chapter describes the offerings of the leaders for the altar when it was anointed. The leaders of the twelve tribes brought identical gifts. One leader brought his gifts on the first day, another on the second, another on the third, etc. Thus collectively Israel was supporting and endorsing the altar, which would be used on behalf of the people in atonement for their sins.
There’s a few thoughts I had for us consider today. One, each tribe, large or small, had a special day to give. Each tribe brought the same gift. All of the tribes, despite their size or strength, were equally important. Secondly, since every day’s gift was added to what had been given the day before, the overall result was impressive (v. 84-88). On our own our efforts might seem small and insignificant, but when joined with the efforts of my fellow workers in the Kingdom, great things are accomplished. Isn’t that what Paul said in Ephesians 4:14-16? The growth of the body comes from the “proper working of each individual part.” Some may plant. Others may water. Some work with words, others with their hands. And in the end of the day, great things are done as we each do our part in God’s work. We’re stronger together than apart. We accomplish more together than we would alone. Thank the Lord for workers in His kingdom!
“Gracious Father, thank You for our collective group. Thank you for the family we share in You – our brothers and sisters, those who are part of our Campbell Road family, and the saints we’ve yet to meet scattered by distance and time. It’s a blessing to pull our efforts together for a single purpose – furthering the gospel, and pointing others to Your greatness. Bless our work. Help us to work as a team. Help us see that each role is important, no matter how small it may seem. In all that we do, we do for Your glory.”