I’m doing a great work, so I can’t come

One of my favorite books of the Bible is the book of Nehemiah.  And one of my favorite verses of the Bible is Nehemiah chapter six, verse three.

“. . . So I replied by sending this message: ‘I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?’ ” – Nehemiah 6:3 (NLT)

In other words, I’m doing a great work, so I can’t come.


Nehemiah is the great story of a servant to a King who is allowed to travel to the city of Jerusalem and performs the amazing work of rebuilding the walls all the way around the city in only 52 days! Nehemiah is typically listed as one of the main “management” or “leadership” books of the Bible because of Nehemiah’s ability to have vision for what he wanted to do, then mobilize and lead people toward that vision.


Leadership Learnings from Nehemiah ch. 8

In chapter 8 of Nehemiah we continue to see the progress of Nehemiah’s focus from Building Mode to Maintaining Mode. Here are a few key thoughts the guys and I learned this past Friday:

Nehemiah directs the recognition towards God (8:9-10).

The people had seen how God had been rebuilt the wall, they began to feel guilty and weep.  Nehemiah reminded them that it was a glorious and awesome thing that God had done for them, and they should celebrate it.  He mentions the words “Lord” or “God” four times in verses 9 and 10 (NLT) showing the people that God was surely in charge of this great work which had been accomplished.


Leadership Take Away’s from Nehemiah ch. 6

Last Friday the guys and I studied chapter 6 of Nehemiah looking to learn some leadership principles.  Here’s the links to what we learned in chapter 4 and chapter 5.

Protect Your Time.

In verse 6:3 (NLT) Nehemiah says, “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come.  Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?”  Man, I love that statement.  The evil political leaders of the land are trying to meet with Nehemiah because they claim to want to work out their differences.  But Nehemiah refuses, he was a busy man and didn’t want to stop what he was doing.  The work he was doing was the most important thing, and meeting with political leaders who had their own personal agenda didn’t match up with his vision.

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Leaderships Take Away’s from Nehemiah ch. 5

Last week some guys and I studied leadership from chapter 5 of Nehemiah (a book in the Old Testament of the Bible).

Here’s some of our thoughts and leadership principles we learned from the chapter:

Great leaders ask for sacrifices from their people.

This became obvious when the people cried out to Nehemiah because they had mortgaged their land and sold their daughters into slavery. Nehemiah was making a great sacrifice by feeding over 150 men a night at his dinner table, and was also asking the people to make great sacrifices too. Great leaders ask for great sacrifices, but only after they’ve first sacrificed themselves.

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Leadership Take Away’s from Nehemiah ch. 4

Here’s a few thoughts I learned from my weekly bible study focused on learning leadership from the Bible. Last Friday we studied chapter 4 of Nehemiah. The book of Nehemiah is the story of how a cup bearing servant to a King led men, women and children to rebuild a massive wall in the Holy Land of Jerusalem.

Here’s what I learned:

We can do everything we can, but ultimately God is the one doing it.

We might give our best effort as leaders, but we need God’s help too!