Our verse of reference in Nehemiah 3 is:
“Next to him, Baruch son of Zabbai zealously repaired another section, from the angle to the entrance of the house of Eliashib the high priest.” (Nehemiah 3:20 NIV).
Include women in the work groups.- It is unusual to find this in the Old Testament, it was a patriarchal culture, but the bible says: “Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler of a half-district of Jerusalem, repaired the next section with the help of his daughters.” (verse 12), thesewomen did some heavy work. I encourage all readers to involve the women in decision making. God gave them insight and vision, which are complementary to that of men.
There is strength in numbers.- The preliminary report of Nehemiah in Chapter 3, there are the names of the leaders who shaped their teams to the reconstruction of the wall and their doors. Nehemiah gives us examples of participative leadership, because he managed to motivate the people and include them in the Work, and many did it with great enthusiasm. When a project becames “every body’s project”, success is assured, pray and ask God to achieve this unity in our work and church.
Dear wise Father, grant us a portion of your wisdom to work together and form teams that can overcome the spiritual, intellectuals and professional challenges we face. In the name of Jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo Rios.