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Written by Chris Kibble   
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:23

Dear all


Getting work done has been a theme of life ever since man decided that something needed doing! Nehemiah's approach in Nehemiah 3 is exemplary, though it's interesting that he himself is actually not mentioned! It would seem that he was able to orchestrate the work by setting men and women to work without detailed supervision. But there were some clear principles which governed their work.



First, they all knew what they were there for. Nehemiah had made it plain to the local Jewish leaders what the task was - it was to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. 42 sections of wall, 3'-4', wide, 15'-20' high, 2.5 miles in circumference. The priests got the work off to a flying start by rebuilding the Sheep Gate where the sacrifices would have been brought in to the temple - it was a highly significant strategy, emphasising that the work was dedicated to God. The priests also led by example. The work also evidenced significant commitment by people who were prepared to leave their professions for an undefined period - they made themselves available! There is no mention of professional builders either - what a challenge to those of us called to church tasks which would not be our preference! And they also worked with enthusiasm! Some who'd finished their section went on help others The workers were also grouped sensibly by family, geography or association, and worked interdependently. People came unselfishly from eight locations in a 15 to 20 mile radius of Jerusalem, leaving their farms and workshops to be maintained by others. It was a shame that the pride of the Tekoite nobles kept them from the work.

It's a great picture of a bunch of disparate people working towards a common goal. Our goal as a church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. If, by his grace, we go about in the same way as Nehemiah's team, we should anticipate much fruit!



Pastor Chris

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:25