Nehemiah 2:5, 12, 18, And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it. … And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon. … Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
Nehemiah 6:3, And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I AM DOING A GREAT WORK, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
Over the past four posts we have seen, among other things, that the Book of Nehemiah is a GREAT BOOK because it revolves around a GREAT MAN who served a GREAT GOD and saw a GREAT NEED, which led him to surrender to do a GREAT WORK!
As we said in a previous post,
“NEHEMIAH WAS A VISIONARY! With eyes of faith – his spiritual eyes –Nehemiah SAW what others did not see. In fact, Nehemiah SAW what others were not LOOKING for, and weren’t interested in SEEING. After SEEING WHAT HE SAW, Nehemiah was also willing to go where others were not willing to go. And he was willing to do what others weren’t interested in doing.”
O Lord, give us some more Nehemiah’s!!!
Today, we would like to consider a few more lessons from Nehemiah’s story as found in the book that bears his name:
- Nehemiah was willing to be sent to meet the need (2:5).
- Nehemiah rallied a team around him to assist with the great task (2:12, 18).
All over our world today there are GREAT NEEDS!
We will name just a few to get you thinking:
- There’s the GREAT NEED to bring the Gospel to the unreached people of the world!
- There’s the GREAT NEED to bring the Gospel to the darkest and most dangerous places of the world, such as communist China, India, and the Middle East!
- There’s the GREAT NEED for more laborers in the 1040 Window!
- There’s the GREAT NEED in bringing the love, life, and Jesus to the millions of refugees fleeing the Middle East!
- There’s the GREAT NEED to bring food to the hungry, clean water to the thirsty, and the Good News of Jesus Christ to these dear ones around the world!
- There’s the GREAT NEED to seek the freedom of children and women who have been ensnared by the vile sex-trade!
- There’s a GREAT NEED to start churches in America that properly reflect the life, love, and light of Christ to a society that is becoming darker by the day!
I guess what I am trying to say is there are plenty of GREAT NEEDS to go around. Our God hasn’t changed, He is still a GREAT GOD and He is still looking for a few GREAT MEN AND GREAT WOMEN who will say, “Here am I Lord, SEND ME! Send me to go out and do a GREAT WORK!”
Not only was Nehemiah willing to be sent out to meet the need. He rallied a team of others who were willing to follow him, leaving all behind, believing that God was going to be with them, to do a GREAT WORK!
O Lord, do it again!
I love these words about the “One-Way Missionaries:”
A century ago, a band of brave souls became known as one-way missionaries. They purchased single tickets to the mission field without the return half. And instead of suitcases, they packed their few earthly belongings into coffins. As they sailed out of port, they waved good-bye to everyone they loved, everything they knew. They knew they’d never return home. A. W. Milne was one of those missionaries. He set sail for the New Hebrides in the South Pacific, knowing full well that the headhunters who lived there had martyred every missionary before him. Milne did not fear for his life, because he had already died to himself. His coffin was packed. For thirty-five years, he lived among that tribe and loved them. When he died, tribe members buried him in the middle of their village and inscribed this epitaph on his tombstone: When he came there was no light. When he left there was no darkness.
I know someone who is looking for some more team members to join him in the country of Laos. I know someone who is looking for some team members to join him in Thailand. I know someone who is looking for some team members to join him in Cambodia.
Personally, I am trying to, with God’s help, raise up a team who are willing to GO TO CHINA to do our part in reaching the 1.4 billion lost people of that country!
There are other GREAT NEEDS and GREAT WORKS just over the horizon. Very few are standing in line to rally around the Nehemiah’s. They are still looking for a few GREAT MEN and GREAT WOMEN who serve a GREAT GOD!
How about you today?
What are you waiting for?
Or is there another GREAT NEED that God has impressed upon your heart. If so, GO FOR IT!
Concerning A.W. Milne, I read these words not long ago:
“William gave up a comfortable life in New Zealand to serve in a most hostile environment and did so until his death. It is a dangerous prayer to pray, ‘Lord I will go where you want me to go.’ But if we will admit it, for most of us, we just know God would not call us to Iran, North Korea, or Detroit. Do we fully mean our prayer when we tell God we will go wherever he leads?”
Where might God be calling or leading you to go today?
What might God be calling or leading you to do today?
Ezekiel 22:30, And I SOUGHT FOR A MAN among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: BUT I FOUND NONE.