Read Nehemiah 11 -- 12
Ordinary people, although not skilled in building walls, had willingly gone to work under Nehemiah's leadership and did the best they could to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem.
However, only a minority of the people who left
The Israelites could now assemble within the rebuilt walls of
The Israelites' worship demonstrated a heartfelt commitment to the Lord in their renewed relationship to Him. Though all true Christians love the Lord, not all are willing to give up personal interests and financial security to do what is needed to accomplish His purposes.
It is no less important for followers of Christ today to consider "the walls" that may need to be rebuilt in their own lives where worldly interests have broken through and devastated their zeal for the Lord.
In our Christian walk, we need to be on guard against anything, including good, wholesome activities, which may cause us to divert either our time, talent or tithes from their usefulness to God and from becoming treasures in heaven . . . For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:20-21).
We will soon meet our Lord and want to hear Him say what the earthly master said in the parable of the talents: Well done, good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter . . . into the joy of your lord (Matthew 25:21).
By the priests and Levites who purified (sanctified) themselves and the people (Nehemiah 12:30). Christ our High Priest, through His Word. The Word of God has the power to cleanse our sin as we read it and then seek to live it (John 15:3; 17:17).
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Memory Verse for the Week: I Thessalonians 4:3