God Will Honor It – Part 2
“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are … God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV)
God honored those who sacrificed their time and energy to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s day, by putting their names in the Bible. Today God has a far greater building project underway, for Jesus is now building his church. But the question is the same: Who’s going to do the work? God doesn’t speak it into existence; nor does he use angels. God uses regular folks like you and me to build something that is going to last forever. The Bible says of the body of Christ, “You are a holy temple, a holy building.” Jesus is building his church in Africa, North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe and elsewhere throughout the world. And he is asking, “Who will go? Who will share the gospel? Who will pray with that person? Who will counsel them through their problems? Who will travail like a mother giving birth until Christ is formed in them? Who will give, who will sing, who will invite?”
Imagine what would have happened if the people in Nehemiah’s time had sat back and waited for someone else to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem—if they had depended just on their leaders to do it. Remember that it was hard work. They had to get the stone, the mortar, lug heavy stones, plug up the walls; and they had enemies that came against them. In the same way, it’s hard work to minister to someone today: to walk them through their problems, spend time with them until they get strong in the Lord, share what we have with them, to labor in prayer for them as the enemy of their soul tries to steal the seed that has been sown in their hearts. And the work is not just for our church leaders. The whole body of Christ has to be involved. If the people in Jerusalem had depended just on Nehemiah to do the work, the wall of Jerusalem would never have been rebuilt. But they worked together on God’s project.
God wanted to honor the people who were rebuilding with Nehemiah, because at a time of discouragement and attack from God’s enemies, they didn’t sit back. Instead, they said, “Let’s do this thing for God!” Can we do the same today? God will honor everything we do on behalf of his kingdom.