If your vision and goals can be accomplished by yourself, your goals are too small.
Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests and built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. (Nehemiah 3:1)
Where and how is God using you and me to advance His Kingdom?
Nehemiah 3:1-32 gives a strategic example of teamwork that accomplishes an impossible task. The walls around Jerusalem were rebuilt in fifty-two days. If your vision and goals can be accomplished by yourself, your goals are too small. Approximately fifty times, the words restore, repair and/or build are used in this chapter.
There are several principles that are applicable to restoring or building something:
1. Anything that is lasting begins with the spiritual and leadership must begin with the preachers (v-1). Eliashib the high priest started the building.
2. There must be trust among the workers.
3. Everyone must be focused on the same goal. Rebuilding the wall was their focus at this stage of the project. Later, the emphasis will be on reviving the people.
4. Planning and organization is necessary to achieve great things. The phrase “Next to” appears throughout the passage. The people who lived next to each other worked together.
5. Motivation is a necessary and continual need.
6. It takes all kinds of people to carry out a huge project. There were priests (v-1), goldsmiths (v-8), women (v-12), Levites or ministers (v-17), and merchants (v-32).
7. There was God’s favor and blessing on this project.
Father, You designed us so that we’re better together. Help each of us to be team players. Your work is more important than any personal agenda. Thank You Jesus. Amen.
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Most of the content above comes from the daily devotional sent on November 5, 2006 by Pastor Mark Jarvis, founder of the Champion Learning Centers [www.championlearningcenters.org].
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