Nehemiah 13:11 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their place.

Contention is good when it is driven by God-given zeal for the house of God. Many are in contention, but not for God … others do not want to confront anything and so they live ever in compromise with the culture. The bible asks us to contend for the faith as though this were something that we will lose if we relaxed and allowed ourselves to slide into a lethargic sleep. Contend means fight … get into an argument … disagree where necessary … kick up a fuss if need be. There is a time and a place for this. Be careful, do not get into the habit of being a brawler … and many things are not worth contending for. We need to discern the difference and be able to identify what is not worth getting into strife for.
Nehemiah was a man of courage. It takes courage to contend with rulers – who will wonder what is your agenda ? … and why are you making them look bad. Elders and rulers can be very wrong, often they have been lulled into a status quo that must not be disturbed and deceived into positions that seem settled. To challenge elders and rulers is the work of Spirit-filled leadership. To seek answers to sensitive questions can be annoying to some …but you must obey God and not men.

If you want to be a man-pleaser than leadership is not for you. God cannot use you to build that which has been demolished if you can only work when in agreement with others. You must know how to achieve the will of God even in contentious environments. But don’t be a trouble maker. See the example of Christ.

Mark 11:15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Verses for further meditation
Joshua 10:25; 2 Timothy 4:7

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leaders must be courageous to contend when required. Choose your battles wisely

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help and strengthen me: give me courage to play my part. Amen.

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Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami retired from a management consulting firm and pastored at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nigeria for over ten years. In the past, he has published 5 books. His third book " The Majesty of God " was published in December 2010. His fourth work "Perfect Fall Wedding: The Coming of Christ" was released in October 2011. His fifth book , Songs of Joseph, a Bible Devotional, was published in November 2012. He is also the author of "Wealth out of Ashes", a book describing God's plan for our prosperity.

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