Go ahead and take a look in your rear-view mirror. You know what you’ll find? That God has been directing the play long before you stepped on stage to fulfill your role. Your story predates your birthday, and it postdates your death!
What if you were to commit three solid weeks of your life to God? Three weeks of seeking His Word in quality and quantity? Three weeks of painfully looking inward and dealing with the issues God’s Word exposed? Three weeks of total God-focus? What would happen? What if?
If this statement be true, I know a lot of weak Christians! Joy is not a feeling to be sought, or even an attitude to be put on; it is a by-product of one’s relationship with a communicative God! Its reality is greater than the negative circumstances you face or the people who stand against you.
Call them whatever you want: life groups, adult Bible fellowships, small groups, or Sunday School. The fact is that small groups provide the necessary structure by which the Word of God can be explained and understood. More people teaching, more people learning, and more results happening… Good stuff!
One simply cannot overestimate the value of the Word of God. Its importance necessitates a front-and-center spot in our lives. It should be declared faithfully, respected sincerely, and received worshipfully. And you might be surprised by what worship looks like! Listen in.
The important work—the long-game work—of ministry is the building of lives. Although the work is strenuous, wall-building is relatively straightforward. People-building? Not so much. But when the Word of God is laid stone by stone, and the mortar of a willing spirit is applied, lives can become strong!
For Nehemiah, it was never about the wall. The wall was only significant in that it provided safe environs for what would happen inside of it. How many churches have become sidetracked with the inanimate—buildings, programs, websites, etc.—and have lost the central purpose? Let’s worship God and love/serve/protect the people He has given us!
Nehemiah learned this! Let them talk. Let them criticize. Let them spread the deception. But 52 days after beginning the project, the wall was completed! But don’t assume the criticism ended. It didn’t. But success turned criticism’s volume way down!
Shady politicians have an endgame: power and popularity. And they have a method: control and deception. Adding religion to the game doesn’t change it; it simply raises the stakes. Learn how Nehemiah sees right through the political “man of God.”