WALL CONSTRUCTION—FROM MISSION TO METRO
“By night…I examined the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down and its gates…destroyed by fire”. (Nehemiah 2:13)
It’s time for wall reconstruction, from “mission to metro”. Walls were significant emblems of power and authority. They kept out marauders, and separated people of differing philosophies. Jericho had a wall, so did Jerusalem. We recall the Berlin Wall that divided Germany, and the great wall of China. In the United States, we know of a famous “wall”. Sometimes walls fall into disrepair. Each of our institutions is like a wall guarding and promoting our message, and there are times when walls must be expanded and strengthened in times of great opportunity. The walls of education, health, church and youth are pillars of influence for upkeep.
Nehemiah 2-7, reveals a scintillating story of wall construction and five construction phases. Nehemiah is unable to sleep or eat—he feels that God is calling him, as He does us, to rebuild, revamp, revive and resuscitate.
Inspect—Nehemiah sets out to inspect—sometimes we’ve got to inspect what is happening or not happening, and sometimes alone. (Nehemiah 2:17-18). “Come, let us rebuild”. He’s not discouraged by what he finds.
Prospect—Nehemiah has the vision of what can happen. “The God of Heaven will give us success, so he starts rebuilding in several places, simultaneously, not sequentially. He reviews the program and services and starts rebuilding. The priests start, as an example, at the Sheep Gate.
Expect—there are clear expectations—each group of men has a specific part of the wall to build, and some are armed with swords.
Collect—There is a stewardship that accompanies any rebuilding effort—it costs; the sweet spirit of sacrifice shines forth—labor, finances, planned giving all come into play. Restore all that you may have exacted.
Reflect—The wall got built; Nehemiah took time to reflect and review, evaluate and correct some of the glaring issues of the time. What about us in these last days? We have a “mission to metro”, to all those areas around us, but to fulfill that mission, we’ve got to rebuild, reorganize, and strategize in our schools and churches and institutions by faith and full effort. They are the places of influence. Personally I think of metro Atlanta, growing at 89,000 souls annually. Might the schools not be a tool for evangelism? “May God strengthen our hands in this last evangelical rebuild our schools, church organizations, and hospitals to the fullest purpose. The greatest use, is YOU; it’s ME; it’s US. Walls of Zion, come forth. https://youtu.be/BYL2zABNBro