The men of Jericho built the adjoining section, and Zaccur son of Imri built next to them … Nehemiah 3:2
Good Afternoon, PCC!
My greetings come from Chicago where I am involved in denominational meetings. I am so encouraged to be a part of a denomination that is on the cutting edge missionally, biblically, and multi-ethnically. We have been both renewing our minds around these priorities and enjoying times of rich fellowship. Want to learn more about our denomination? Click here.
I look forward to returning and exploring Nehemiah 3 with you all this weekend. Below is a tremendous devotion from the great Ray Stedman. I love the overview it gives of the chapter and the application it provides for life.
One other item I want you to be aware of: this Sunday from 5-6pm in the Worship Center Basement, we will have a time set aside for healing prayer. If you are in need of a miracle, come and be prayed for.
I look forward to being together this Sunday! Here is Ray’s devotional on Nehemiah 3 …
Nehemiah 3 is one of those chapters that consists largely of unpronounceable names and long-forgotten people! It can be discouraging to come to a chapter like this. But it tells the story of the work of repairing the gates and walls of Jerusalem that Nehemiah had been sent there to do.
They worked together. All through this account you will find the phrase “next to him” worked so and so, and “next to them” worked others. The writer takes note not only of the workers but also the shirkers, however. Verse 5 says of the men of Tekoa: their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors. Did you know that God records slackers too? But the rest all worked together. They helped one another. Nehemiah had so marvelously organized this that each one had a section of the wall or a gate assigned to him.
Notice also they worked near their home. Look at verse 10: Jedaiah made repairs opposite his house. Verse 23 tells of certain men who made repairs in front of their house. The important truth that emerges is that this is God’s design for ministry. God has placed us all strategically where He wants us to be. Your neighborhood, office, or home is where your ministry should be. That is why God put you there. In John 15 Jesus said to His disciples that He had appointed them, and the word means strategically placed them. He had put them in the place where He wanted them to be. This is brought out beautifully here as we watch these people laboring in their own neighborhood.
Finally, each one completed his assigned task. They kept on until they had finished the work. Some had more to do than others, but no one failed–except the nobles of Tekoa who would not dirty their hands. I have learned through the years that responsibility is always the mark of spiritual maturity. The most mature members in a congregation are those who stay with the work that has been assigned to them until it is done.
Lord, help me to discover the place I have in Your great work. Grant that I might be faithful in the assignment You have given me in cooperation with others in the body of Christ.
That’s good, isn’t it? I look forward to gathering together on Sunday and diving deeper into this passage.
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