John MacArthur macht in seinem Blog am Beispiel Nehemias deutlich, dass geistliche Führerschaft durchaus Arbeit bedeutet, anstrengend sein kein und nicht auf die leichte Schulter genommen werden sollte:
However, Nehemiah was no such leader. He was not passive, arrogant, or indecisive. Good leaders never are. They don’t ask others to do what they are unwilling to do themselves. Nehemiah rolled up his sleeves and worked as diligently as anyone else. “We labored in the work,” Nehemiah said (4:21). He wasn’t afraid to get his own hands dirty.In fact, as Nehemiah described the work, he put in long days of nonstop toil until the task was complete: “Neither I, my brethren, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me took off our clothes, except that everyone took them off for washing” (4:23). […]He was relentless. He was dedicated to the work. And the people of Jerusalem followed his lead against ridicule, conspiracy, discouragement, deceit, and every form of vicious opposition. Chapters 4 through 6 record in detail how Nehemiah’s enemies desperately tried to stop his work.And in spite of all of that, because of the initiative of this one man, the entire wall around Jerusalem was completed in just fifty-two days (6:15).Nehemiah was the epitome of an effective leader. He was a starter. He was strongly motivated. He knew how to organize and motivate followers. He overcame obstacles. He was practical, and wise, and determined. He was a man of action, but thoughtful, too.
[…] the “secret” of his success was the Lord. He said as much when he noted that even Israel’s enemies acknowledged that the work had been accomplished with the help of Israel’s God (6:16).
Meiner Meinung nach durchaus wichtige Gedanken, auch wenn ich mich jetzt nicht als „geistlicher Führer“ verstehe, ABER: Treue fängt schon im Kleinen an!