August 11

Nehemiah 2:16-20, 3:1-3

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Nehemiah’s plan was taking shape. He had gone out to inspect the broken-down wall around Jerusalem. Now he was ready to tell the leaders of his plan.

When they heard of his plan to rebuild the wall, they were excited and said, “Let’s start building right away!” But some leaders were not happy about Nehemiah’s plan. First they laughed at him, then they accused him of rebelling against the king of Persia.

But Nehemiah answered, “The God of heaven will help us. We are His servants—and we are going to build the wall!”

Then Nehemiah divided up the work so that small groups of people and families would be responsible for building a specific section of the wall.

Can anyone be a builder?

What does one need to become a builder? Do you think one would need to have special skills and do a building course?

Well, most of those who were given the task of rebuilding a certain part of the wall were not trained builders: they were just ordinary people doing ordinary jobs. There were priest, perfume makers, goldsmiths and traders. Even the children helped! The daughters of Shallum and the sons of Hassenaah helped repair their section of the wall.

Just as the people in Jerusalem had different jobs, we have different talents and gifts. Yet when we serve God, we should be prepared to help with the ordinary tasks too. Helping with chairs or tidying up are things we can do—even though we may be gifted in other ways.

Each one should do his or her bit to build up the church. Every person should work together with the person next to them to ensure a strong wall that has no gaps where the enemy can break through.

Verse for today             

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 1 Corinthians 3:10