Willing To Give It All To God (Nehemiah 10:1-27)
Nehemiah 10:1, “Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah…”
Read Nehemiah 10:1-27 for the list of those who made the commitment to follow the Lord.
Adoniram Judson sweated out Burma's heat for 18 years without a furlough, six years without a convert. Enduring torture and imprisonment, he admitted that he never saw a ship sail without wanting to jump on board and go home. When his wife's health broke and he put her on a homebound vessel in the knowledge he would not see her for two full years, he confided to his diary: "If we could find some quiet resting place on earth where we could spend the rest of our days in peace.” But he steadied himself with this remarkable postscript: "Life is short. Millions of Burmese are perishing. I am almost the only person on earth who has attained their language to communicate salvation. . ."
When the Lord was leading David Livingstone to serve Him in Africa, David left England and never looked back. It was this type of courage and determination that got the attention of believers back in England. Soon after, a missionary society wrote to David Livingstone and asked, "Have you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to know how to send other men to join you." Livingstone wrote back, "If you have men who will come only if they know there is a good road, I don't want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all." Be determined to get to where God wants you to be!
Nehemiah, as he had been doing since he came to Jerusalem, set the right example for the people (Nehemiah 10:1). Nehemiah wanted it to be clear where he stood, and he was willing to set the example and to unashamedly take his stand for what he believed in. No great victories can be won unless people are willing to take a stand for what is right. Just like the men who signed the declaration of independence in 1776 they knew that they would have to take their stand and depend upon God if their hopes and dreams were to become reality. We live in a world today that seems to lack commitment and the work ethic of the average America is far less than what it used to be. Sadly, this lack of commitment has found its way into the hearts of many church members. May we continue to be on the mission to serve God with all their heart and inspire others in their local church to follow their example.
His commitment. Nehemiah could have been content in his great position in the king's palace and just thought that it was too bad about their situation and offered up a little prayer and then went on about his life. Nehemiah was about to have his life greatly changed because of his commitment to God and he had no idea of what the future would be for him. When I trusted Christ as my Saviour on the 20th June 1995, I had no idea what to expect. God knew what he was doing and led me each step of the way.
His confidence. Nehemiah believed that God was going to do great things and he encouraged the people in this great work. They did not just follow but they embraced the vision that God had given Nehemiah and made it their own. It is important that children embrace the spiritual vision of parents and that people embrace the vision of godly spiritual leadership in their lives.
His courage. Nehemiah was bold in asking the king for a leave of absence and some material provisions to help with this project. This bold request could have cost him his job and potentially his life. Nehemiah was a deeply spiritual man who had the courage to step out by faith.
His completion. Nehemiah finished the work that he set out to do. The people had a mind to work and they finished building the wall in 52 days. Then Nehemiah began in an all-important work of building lives and restoring the city which took years. As we labor for the Lord, we seek to reach new people and build up those that we have in the Word of God. Are you on the course for your life that God would have for you? If not, time is short. Get busy for God today!
If we are willing to pay the price, it can be a reality. Today, as Christians, we must seek to reach people with the Gospel, build people up in the Word of God, have strong homes, and keep our churches strong in Scripture. We see several great qualities about Nehemiah that made him this type of example that we need to emulate today.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I commit my life to serving You. Open doors for me to witness and to testify to others of Your mercy and Your grace. Fill me and lead me by Your Spirit as I serve you. In Jesus Name, Amen!
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