We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Nehemiah 2: Rise & Build!

A while back our church leaders wanted to start a multi-million dollar restoration project. I couldn’t wait for the vote. There’s no way in this fallen economy that even one person would vote yes. I couldn’t wait to cast my vote. Would you like to hear the results? Here are the minutes taken during and after the meeting:

“The lead spokesman said to the congregation, “You see the trouble we are in, how our property remains in shambles. Come, let us build so that we no longer live in this disgraceful condition. The hand of our God is upon us for good; even the zoning board is for us. After hearing these words, the congregation said, (and this totally blew me away), “Let us rise up and build!” So they strengthened their hands for the good work. And the lead spokesman replied, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build!”

Oh, by the way, the minutes are taken from Nehemiah chapter 2–in a day when the economy was at an all time low. The people were broke and the walls protecting Jerusalem were broken, but their spirits had been revived. For years they had been hording and protecting their own property. Their self-protection and self-preservation stripped their ability to walk by faith and engage a God who desired to bless them. Their spiritual and economic recovery, therefore, remained unobtainable.

But overnight, everything would change. They got their eyes off of themselves and on to the work of God as they strengthened their hands for the good work. There is an exciting work before us. Our present economic condition is one of the greatest opportunities to show the world that the hand of our God is upon us, for good. So let us rise, give of ourselves, and build!

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