Pastor Tim Romero
Nehemiah 7:3–4 (ESV): "3 And I said to them, "Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot. And while they are still standing guard, let them shut and bar the doors. Appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, some at their guard posts and some in front of their own homes." 4 The city was wide and large, but the people within it were few, and no houses had been rebuilt."
God has fashioned and gifted every person in the body of Christ to serve. He planted us in the place we are to use us to minister to others. Don't forsake that calling. Everyone has a role to play within the walls!
Nemehiah and the people of Judah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days. All the nations stood in fear for they knew it was a work of God. However, Nehemiah knew that this would be short-lived. So he set up guards at the gates and watchmen on the walls and gave the governing of Jerusalem over to his brother Hanani and Hananiah instructing them not to open the gates until summer. They were supposed to hunker down and keep watch. There were few people but everyone was engaged and had a job. No one sat idle as by-standers.
This is how the body of Christ is to operate. Everyone has a job to do within the four walls of the church to serve the body. Some scrub toilets, others teach Bible studies or Children's ministry while others commit themselves to intercessory prayer for the body. Some stand watch in security. The point is we all have a part to play.
When God's people serve together incredible unity is built and when God's people are unified we become highly effective. If God could rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days with these folks, what can He do with us? If your hand isn't to the plow yet ask the Lord what He would have you to do to serve His body and then do it. If it is, be faithful to the task at hand. God uses service to unify His body. Amen?