It is so important to notice that the leaders in Jerusalem did not expect the people to do something they were unwilling to do. They actually led the people by making the same commitments and making the same vows. When Spirit-filled leaders lead, people follow. They see God at work and want to be a part of what He is doing. These new residents in Jerusalem want God's blessings upon their lives and upon their work. The priests and Levites lead them to study the Scriptures and then live in obedience to them. They commit to overcome some of their worst failures and to take full responsibilities for the temple and the sincere worship of God Almighty. These people followed their leaders and immediately saw the difference in their own lives. God still gives us spiritual leaders who must set a strong example for their people to follow. He has also opened the door for every believer to study His Word and commit themselves to following what He says. While our leaders must be held accountable for their own actions, they cannot force anyone to listen or follow what they say. God holds each of us responsible for the truth that He reveals to us. So God expects those gifted with leadership skills to lead, and He expects each of us to follow those leaders as we daily grow in our faith by reading and applying God's Word to our lives.

Help me, Lord, to lead if I have been gifted to do so. Help me to follow those leaders You put into my life believing they will lead me to a closer walk with You.