Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Everybody

I've been reading through the book of Nehemiah. I love Nehemiah. There are so many lessons there on leadership, vision, teamwork, persistence. You should read the book.

Today I read what I had previously considered the most boring chapter of Nehemiah: Chapter 3. Chapter 3 is a list of the people who rebuilt the wall. It tells who they were, who they were sons of, it includes some of their professions and it tells which section of the wall they rebuilt.

Here's what jumped out at me today. Everybody did their part. There were priests doing construction. Perfume makers were building the wall. Goldsmiths laid aside their precious medals for hammer and nail. No matter who you were or what you did, you were expected to do your part on the wall.

The only people who didn't do their part were the nobles. I'm thinking they thought they were better than everyone else, that rebuilding the wall was beneath them. They were the losers in this chapter.

What's amazing is that besides the nobles everybody did took responsibility and did their part to accomplish the work of rebuilding the wall. And guess what? They accomplished their task in 52 days.

I think that has something to say to us as Christians. We've all got a part. We need to be doing something, anything to help build the kingdom. We need to lay aside our rights and even our gifts to do what is for the good of all.

It takes everybody.

2 Comments:

At 6:10 PM, June 30, 2010 , Anonymous Jaimee said...

I love that you said this:

"We need to lay aside our rights and even our gifts to do what is for the good of all."

That is so so true. And that is so like God. He seems to take great enjoyment in supplying what we don't possess so that we can do things we can't do... and then we all just stand in amazement that it wasn't us that did those things anyway. It had to be God. That's when "the church" is really The Church. Awesome.

 
At 2:56 AM, July 01, 2010 , Blogger mrsjohn said...

That is so so true. And that is so like God Nice effort
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