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You Don’t Need Skills to Pay the Bills

Have you ever had an opportunity given to you that, in the moment  — or perhaps even in hindsight — didn’t seem deserved? That the skills you had didn’t seem like enough, especially when compared with the others around you?

When Nehemiah set off to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, he did so with a burdened heart. 

The people of the city were broken and disorganized, in need of a purpose and a leader who could show them what to do.  During the reconstruction, Nehemiah became that. He became the leader who brought out their strengths. He organized the people, protected them and pooled their resources so they could see each others’ strengths.   

But once the walls had been rebuilt, Jerusalem needed leaders — proper, permanent, capable leaders. And given what the Jewish people had gone through, their new leaders had to be strong.  

You would think that Jerusalem’s next leader would be someone with a strong resume and accolades of all kinds. But instead Nehemiah gave the charge of the city to two men: Hanani and Hananiah. These two men had no visible qualifications for leadership, but they were perfect for the job.

They were virtuous, faithful, God-fearing men who could be trusted to carry out God’s work. They were perfect picks because their priorities were not their own. Their priorities were God’s priorities. And often times, that’s all it takes.  

Leadership techniques change and popularity can diminish, but integrity and reverence grow in those who seek the Lord and are two qualities that never go out of style.


  • Is there any skill that you value above your faithful pursuit of Jesus?
  • When God shares His plans with you, what is your response? Joy? Fear?
  • Are your values and your integrity taking a back seat to what’s popular?

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