FRIDAY March 24, 2017
A Sure Calling
Malchijah the son of Harim and Hashub the son of Pahath-Moab repaired another section, as well as the Tower of the Ovens. And next to him was Shallum the son of Hallohesh, leader of half the district of Jerusalem; he and his daughters made repairs. - Nehemiah 3:11-12
Nehemiah had a great interest in the lives of other people; he really made such a difference. As the walls of Jerusalem were being rebuilt so were the people’s lives being rebuilt. Compassion for other people is the key in ministry. He was also a leader of great humility and kindness, which is a notable benefit to a godly leader. He also cared about each individual family. Those who joined in the work where not only the fathers, but their sons and the daughters, families worked side by side to accomplish the work of the Lord.
The ministry is about taking care of people––it is serving the people, and taking an interest in their lives, this was exactly what Nehemiah did. The people of God have to be taken care of spiritually, that is the key. If you do not have an interest for people, then in all honesty, you are not going to do well in ministry.
I want to remind people interested in ministry that it has to be a call of God––it is not a job. If you do not have a call of God, you become like so many students who attended college, who take their general classes, major in a subject but still remain undecided in what they want to do––they wander from one subject to another and never become effective.
Those students who give themselves fully to a subject, and stayed focused, later become a professional. They succeed in their endeavors.
In ministry you have to know that you are called and you need to be sure of what God has called you to do. As you rise up to do the work of God, stay focused. As you minister to God’s people you will make a difference––big time.
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure…
~2 Peter 1:10~
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