Remember, O my God, all that I have done for these people, and bless me for it. Nehemiah 5:19 (NLT)
Nehemiah was working on the wall as well as leading the people. He had great responsibilities and with his position of authority came the right to certain perks. However, he didn’t allow access to the perks to cloud his compassion for the people. Being aware of the heavy burden the people already carried, he chose not to add more by demanding his allowances. Instead he trusted God not only seen his acts of service but would reward him for it.
Reading this passage of scripture I think about those in positions of leadership in our government and churches. Do we have leaders really seeking to serve or be served?
Rather we hold an official office or not, each of us have been called to a life of service. Have we made our every day living about seeking to have our needs and rights met or are we aiming to be of service to others?
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13 (NLT)