So I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins and its gates have been burned down. Come, let’s rebuild Jerusalem’s wall so that we will no longer be a disgrace.” Nehemiah 2:17 HCSB
God allowed me to serve at a church where we had grown to the point that we needed to relocate. We had already transitioned to four worship services on Sunday morning and were parking cars every place we could find, including the front lawn of the church. It was exciting to be a part of the process of selling the current property, enlisting an architect and building firm, building the building, and then moving to our new location. It was a lot of hard work, but it was well worth it. Today the church still stands as a vivid testimony of God’s work among His people.
Jerusalem had been destroyed by the Babylonian army. Years later when the walls that protected the city still lay in ruins, Nehemiah had a dream and a plan to rebuild the walls and secure the city. A city without any walls was vulnerable to attacks and was considered to be an unsafe place to live. It took someone like Nehemiah to motivate and rally the people behind the cause of rebuilding the walls. He not only had the administrative skills to organize the people, he had connections to people who could help, and he knew how to delegate and motivate people to get the job done. Last but not least, Nehemiah had God on his side to help accomplish the task of rebuilding.
Challenge: Has God called you to be a leader to motivate others to accomplish His plan or has He called you to be a hard worker and follow the leadership of others to help get a job done? Do your part and embrace whatever task God has given you the opportunity to do to further His Kingdom.