Nehemiah – Casting Vision the Right Way

Have you ever had to communicate a plan that you knew was going to be challenged with a hundred reasons why it couldn’t happen?

Things looked pretty bad for Nehemiah.  The walls of Jerusalem had been in ruins for about 150 years.  The people living in the area were obviously very used to the state things were in.  They had made no attempt to repair or rebuild anything…

There was no hope, no drive, no vision.

Nehemiah set a great example of how to cast vision to a group of people who probably weren’t in a place to hear his challenge.

Assess the situation – Nehemiah does not announce his purpose right away.  He wants to see the problem for himself.

So I went to Jerusalem and was there three days. Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem.  Nehemiah 2:11 

Investigate before you initiate.  Getting the known facts first allows you to speak with credibility.  But remember, you may never have all the facts.

State the problem – Notice that Nehemiah includes himself in the situation:

But now I said to them, “You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire.  Nehemiah 2:17

I love what Chuck Swindoll say in his book, Hand Me Another Brick:

“When you cast blame and criticism, you squelch motivation.  When you identify with the problem, you encourage motivation.”

Announce the challenge – Nehemiah finally tells them what he wants to do. Then he discusses the details.

Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!”

And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me.  Nehemiah 2:17,18

Catching the vision – The people got it and they responded with excitement.

And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work.  Nehemiah 2:18

Nehemiah took on a huge task.  But he didn’t jump in without thinking through the steps.
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