Read Nehemiah 4:1-16
"So built we the wall: and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work" (v. 6).
When building a chimney on our house, my husband was assisting as an untrained apprentice. He was mostly handing bricks and things up to the mason. Because of the need to work quickly for the mortar to be right, work and cooperation of a team was required.
Nehemiah's mission, bathed in prayer, was to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. In spite of ridicule (2:19), mockery (4:1), and threatened violence (ch. 4), the Jews were determined. They worked in cooperative groups on each section of the wall (ch. 2). They lodged within the walls ready for defense and kept their weapons with them. The workers prayed together, watched together against attack, and continued to work together to complete the entire wall.
Today, we need to work together to meet the goals of the church. There is something for every Christian to do. Have a mind to work. Look for something among the ministries of your local congregation that you are capable of helping with. Pray. Volunteer. (Shirley Craghead)
Every task, however simple, sets the soul that does it free;
Every deed of love and kindness done to man is done to Thee.
This devotional is from Monday, October 21, of Opening the Word's Sep - Nov 2013 edition. Order your copy today!