Be Part Of The Solution!
Posted: Thursday, August 11
1 Corinthians 7:1-24
Verse of the Day:
I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.” (Nehemiah 2:5 NLT)
I love how this verse portrays Nehemiah as a man of action. You see, Nehemiah had to serve the King even though he felt distressed about the condition of Jerusalem. He tried to fake it like everything was ok. However, the King noticed that something was wrong and asked him what was going on. He explained to the king the reason of his sadness and the King invited him to be part of the solution. Nehemiah jumped at the idea of helping out the people of God. After a quick prayer, he shared with the King the specifics of his plan. The King granted his request and thus put in motion the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
Nehemiah pointed out the predicament of Jerusalem and, at the same time, took action. He developed and implemented a strategy to solve the crisis in Jerusalem. God used Nehemiah in an unexpected way because he was a problem solver.
Today God wants to use you in an unexpected way too! However, in order for that to happen, you must be willing to be a problem solver. Even if it is easier to complain than to construct, even if it is easier to talk about what's wrong than to be a part of the solution, God is challenging you to follow Nehemiah’s example.
Before you bring a problem to your supervisor or even to your spouse, first ask yourself how can I be a part of the solution? Seriously think about what solving the problem will realistically require and map out what steps need to be taken.
Now you may be wondering “why should I seek to solve a problem I did not start?” There are two main reasons why you should. (1) When you seek the benefit of others, you are serving God (Matthew 25:42-45). (2) When you are part of the solution, you will be regarded as a problem solver, a leader.