Appointing People You Know

To read the Bible in a year, read Nehemiah 7 and 8.
When someone fills a high office and he appoints people he knows, the opposition often criticizes him for it. However, Nehemiah, a successful leader of God’s people did that, “Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many” (Nehemiah 7:1, 2). Nehemiah knew his brother, which would mean that they would not have to spend time getting to know one another, but they each knew what the other expected and they each knew the other’s skill. They could get right to work. They did not need to learn to be a team, for they were already a team. Hanani could do the job, so why not appoint him? It is only cronyism if your relative or friend cannot do the job.
Are you a team player?

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