Tuesday, October 19, 2010

it takes all of us

These are incredible days.  Inside all of the distractions that come in life, God is always working.  We are seeing that in vivid color.  When God opens up and blesses, you never know the sweetness that will follow.

Psalm 34:8 (NLT)
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

Those blessings and the goodness of God make life so good.  I have been reading Nehemiah, and in chapter 3 the list is given for many of the workers on the wall.  Take a look:

3 The Fish Gate was built by the sons of Hassenaah. They laid the beams, set up its doors, and installed its bolts and bars.
8 Next was Uzziel son of Harhaiah, a goldsmith by trade, who also worked on the wall. Beyond him was Hananiah, a manufacturer of perfumes. 
17 Next to him, repairs were made by a group of Levites working under the supervision of Rehum son of Bani. Then came Hashabiah, the leader of half the district of Keilah, who supervised the building of the wall on behalf of his own district.
24 Next was Binnui son of Henadad, who rebuilt another section of the wall from Azariah's house to the angle and the corner.

They weren't all builders.  Some were rich.  Some were poor.  Yet everyone took part in rebuilding the wall.  It is amazing to read through the list.  Seeing that some worked in front of their homes while others took another distinct place to work, the wall was completed in record time of 52 days (see 6:15).  Everyone was part of the plan, an important part.

I look around us at The Community now as we push toward our Dream Center and housing homeless people and offering transitional housing it is true that everyone will have a part.  It is NOT just about our church.  It is about the community coming together.  It will take lots of people and churches and organizations working together to see lives rebuild by Jesus.  We will have to rebuild some homes to use, but what God has called us to do is rebuild lives.

When the world looks on and see what God does through us working together, they will be amazed and even be drawn closer to God.  It takes all of us.  Are you willing to do your part?

Nehemiah 6:16 (NLT)
When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.

I can't wait to see what God does next!

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