Archive for March, 2009

Minister like Nehemiah (1:12)

March 14, 2009

Following are some conclusions we may draw from Nehemiah as he followed God’s leading in the rebuilding of Jerusalem. As we are called to build the people of God may we emulate this great leader. Nehemiah 1:12 says, “And I told no one what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem.” Notice these four things in his comments.

  1. “God put…” God told him. Do what God calls you to, not what the people expect you to do.
  2. “…In my heart” If your heart is not in it, it may not be your calling – you have to be invested in it to see it prosper.
  3. “…to do for Jerusalem.”  God did not give you the vision in your heart for your own glory, it is in your heart for the people God has called you to minister unto.
  4. “I told no one.” Sometimes people just wont get what God has put in your heart and it is better at times not to share your dreams with others. They may deflate your aspirations in various ways – sometimes they thwart you on purpose, other times they discourage you merely by misunderstanding it. Some things grow better without an audience.

Sabbath: Time and Space

March 7, 2009

There is a slight difference between the two lists of 10 commandments concerning the Sabbath. On of these differences is the Lord’s reason why one should take a Sabbath. Exodus 20 focuses on the Lord resting from the six days of creation. Deuteronomy 5 focuses on the Lord delivering Israel from bondage in Egypt. May we also take time to be free to admire God’s creation and enjoy the world we made for ourselves in like maner of our Lord who stood back, admired his creation, and enjoyed the fruits of His labor. And may we also take time to remember we are no longer slaves – so do not be slaves to our schedules, our to-do lists, our work, etc. Take time to spend time with family and with our Lord. We see from this commandment to keep Sabbath that God is creator and keeper of space (creation) and time but not limited or bound to it. What we are always seeking is our space and more time. Let us learn to enjoy the space and time God has granted us and allow him to keep control of it instead of ourselves. Sabbath begins by realizing we are in God’s creation – we are not slave to it.

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