In Nehemiah's conversation with the King Artaxerxes in Neh. 2:1-8, he entered a major new sphere of service to God's people by doing these seven things:
1. Excelling in his current position.
2. Patiently waiting for God to open the door.
3. Admitting his fear of taking personal risk.
4. Submitting to God-ordained authority.
5. Eagerly volunteering himself.
6. Developing definite plans.
7. Seeing God work through him.