Arise and Build
What Nehemiah did
Nehemiah was called and appointed by God to manage the building of the city. To fulfill this project, Nehemiah
I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king's words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, "Let us arise and build." So they put their hands to the good work.
Lessons learnt from Nehemiah
(in no particular order)
1. Team work
They all worked together. For us to build God's Kingdom, we need to work together as a team.
Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered there unto the work. Nehemiah 5:16
Teamwork speeds up the building process. It took them 52 days of collective efforts. It could have been longer if done individually. Nehemiah had realized that the task of building the wall could not be done all by himself. So, they breakdown the tasks.
2. Courage and Strength
He was courageous & strong; not fearful of his enemies. Nehemiah 6:3. In addition to your skills, a good believer should be a leader participating in the tasks. Not a passive lazy leader, but lead by good examples via deeds and words. Nehemiah 6:3
Help and encourage one another
In doing the work of God's kingdom, it is always important to regularly encourage and motivate one another.
"Our god shall fight for us." what an inspiring words - full of conviction and encouragement. Nehemiah was an excellent leader. Let us realize that even a little word of encouragement you give can be a great help to God's work. Always speak positive words and encourage one another in the building process. Challenges will definitely come, but be prepared to face and it. Be alert to encourage others to overcome the threats. Motivate others to build the kingdom of God by directing people to God.
Nehemiah 4:20 "Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!"
5. Involve God at all times
Don't push God out of the building project. Start, continue and end with God. Nehemiah 2:17-18
Also, it is advisable to openly declare God as the ultimate planner of the building. Don't take glory of its success to yourself. Be humble at all times. With God on our side, we are more than conquerors. Romans 8:31-32
6. Pray it through Nehemiah 4:8-9
No assignment is too big or small to pray about. In everything God has called you to do, there will be likely opposition. If there's no opposition, you might need to crosscheck its focus.
Prayer is essential to build. We need to focus on God and involve Him in the work. Prayer is absolutely necessary to succeed in building God's kingdom. (The words 'we' and 'our' shows that prayer was made corporately). As we do the Lord's work, we need to depend very much upon him for everything.
As we sojourn in the building project, challenges will come, but victory is ascertained as we pray and focus on God.
Food for thought
As we are developing the community, we are also building the church because the community is the church.
Understand what God has called you to do
To be relevant in God's kingdom, you and I are encouraged to recognise our vision, identify people of similar shared vision, work together as a team and fulfill the common goals to glorify God.
Whatever you are called to do, please do it diligently.
God bless and strengthen you. Amen.