"Take time to ask, ‘What is the task God is calling me to do?’" by: Caleb Gibson

   Ravi Zacharias once said, “The biggest mistake we often make in life, in the task that God has called us, is to assume that we really can’t do very much.” 
   During the time of Nehemiah, the walls that surrounded Jerusalem were, “broken down and its gates are burned with fire.” (Neh. 1:3). 
   Not only were the walls down but they had been demolished for a long time.
   According to Dr. Israel Loken’s commentary on the book, “The walls of Jerusalem have lain in ruins for almost a century and a half (586-444 B.C.).” (Loken p.23)#.
   Here no one seemed to be that bothered by these walls.
   A whole generation had passed and not desired to fix the walls.
   When he realized they had been torn down he was in shock.
   When he heard these word he said, “I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven” (Neh. 1:4). 
   Nehemiah took his pain and went to the Lord.
   This shows a great example of what it means to lead.
   Good leaders simply see the problem.
   Great leaders see the problem and find a way to fix the problem. 
   This story also shows the factor of change.
   Many people are not ready to change.
   They saw the walls down and could have thought, “Things have always been like this, so why do something now?”
   Even the King could have thought this.
   What made the change was the vision of one man.
   The vision of one man can catapult a group of people into accomplishing enormous tasks.
   This was a dangerous task, they had to get the workers to carry a sword and a hammer with them at all times.
   They also had trumpets with them to sound an alarm in case they were in danger.
   This was more than building a wall, this was about rebuilding the people.
   Had the walls been simply rebuilt, they would have accomplished a great outward task yet not an inward need.
   After they finished their construction they all gathered to dedicate it to God.
   They built it in record time!
   Nehemiah, gathered two choirs and had them sing to God.
   During this time, Nehemiah said that people were everywhere and half of them were on the wall. What a sight!
   They were worshiping and singing to God.
   This was because of one man who followed God’s calling on his life. 
   One person can make a difference.
   Just like what Ravi Zacharias said, “The biggest mistake we often make in life, in the task that God has called us, is to assume that we really can’t do very much.”
   Take time to ask yourself this simple question, “What is the task God is calling me to do?”
   1 Israel P. Loken. Nehemiah: Loken Expositional Commentary. Maitland, Florida: Xulon Press, 2007.

 

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