We are not built to bear burdens alone, we are not built to be without fellowship and we are not built by God to build his kingdom alone. When we see the brokenness in the world, the solutions seem overwhelming. A God-sized burden is simply too big for any one of us. We need help.
God gave Nehemiah a desire to see Jerusalem’s wall rebuilt, but Nehemiah did not complete the task on his own. Nehemiah 3 lists 43 different groups of people who helped to bring the wall to completion. The historian Josephus recorded the circumference of Jerusalem’s walls at about 4.5 miles. Other sources tell us the wall was 15 feet thick and perhaps 12 feet high. Rebuilding the wall was a big job.
The way the people came together to rebuild the wall is a great example of how the church was designed to function. The church’s mission—to go into all the world and make disciples—is too big for one person. Some completed large sections of the wall while others made small repairs. But, everyone shared the burden in some way. Everyone worked hard on a specific task, and together they finished the job. These people were not professional builders; they were ordinary people willing to follow an extraordinary vision.
We all have a role in the church (Romans 12:4-8). When you’re tempted to wonder whether your little bit matters, remember: You make a huge difference! We are all ordinary people with unique gifts. But when we’re using our gifts and working together, we can make a bigger difference than any one of us would alone.
Reflect upon your gifts from God, whether it is teaching, praying, singing what ever it may be. Once you do this, ask yourself are you building the kingdom with God’s gifts he gave you.
Father, I am ready to make a deeper commitment to helping complete the mission of your kingdom. Show me where my gifts and talents fit in and how I may use them for your glory.
Kiefer is the Worship Leader at Pleasant Grove Reformed Church, outside of the church he is a creative director and graphic artist.
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