“I replied, “The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.””Nehemiah 2:20 NLT
The city of Jerusalem was in ruins, the people of Israel were in exile, not all of them but the majority had been taken by Babylon. Nehemiah was a cup bear for the king of Babylon and felt called by God to go back to Jerusalem taking the exiles to rebuild the wall. God used the current king of Babylon to allow Nehemiah to go.
The part of this story I want to focus on today as we finish off this 50 Days Deeper is that as we move the the whole of chapter 3 we read something pretty awesome. Everyone in the city worked together to rebuild the wall. The people didn’t expect that Nehemiah was going to rebuild the wall or the young men would do it. They each picked up the stones and worked to repair the wall of their city. Man, woman, son and daughter. Whatever section was in front of them they worked on, what was even more impressive later on it reads that when trouble was looming they worked with spear and sword at the ready and rubble in the other hand continually working.
So what do I want to pareil this with, the church of course, individually and as a whole. Every Christian needs to be working to build up the kingdom of God. We can’t expect a few individuals to be doing this alone, if we do gaps will appear and they will grow tired and weak. In your personal church every member who is invested in the health of the church should be involved in service. Relying on a few of key families to do all the heavy lifting will cause burnout, discouragement and eventually failure. Everyone has a role to play in building the kingdom of God. Observer is not a role. Even a good supervisor will get his or her hands dirty to get the job done.
Let me make this statement. God ultimatly doesn’t need you to build the kingdom. But he involves you because as a good father he knows involvement and participation strengthens our relationship with him. Jesus requested that we do the mission of reaching the lost as an act of worship and obedience.
So are you actively participating in the mission? Are you involved in your local church giving more then taking? If you are not involved I pray that you talk to your pastor, ask him what you can do to help serve.
Jesus, thank you for these last fifty days, I pray that someone who has read these words has been encouraged and motivated to dig deeper in their relationship with you. I pray for my fellow believers and ask that we all be motivated to build the kingdom. Guide are hearts with the love you have for the lost as the matter to you, s they should matter to me. Let us be a people of action. Amen