Unselfish Workers – Nehemiah 3
As Jerusalem was in ruins, Nehemiah had a choice and decided to lead the people to rebuild and restore Jerusalem. The response was not well received by many at first. Nehemiah however, acted on God’s promise and set out to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls.
The high priests began section by section rebuilding the walls and many gates. At the time the high priests were considered the “leaders”. As with any major job or project that requires many workers, success is possible when workers have strong leaders and work together. As the Jews began to work alongside one another, what once appeared to be a daunting task was being completed by people working for a common purpose. Rebuilding and fortifying the city was necessary for their protection, but they also believed that God would be with them. This chapter illustrates the many people who worked to rebuild the wall and repair the gates.
“Next to them Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, goldsmiths, repaired. Next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers, repaired, and they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.” Nehemiah 3:8
Workers were organized by their trade to work, each section detailed as to what work was being completed. However, all of this is being completed in unison, working together as noted each time “next to him” is recorded. This is repeated throughout Chapter 3, people working together. A common goal is often a reason for people to work together. God’s church seems to be in a constant state of rebuilding. Not only is there physical construction due to repairs or building additions, there is spiritual rebuilding and spiritual growth. All of this is made easier when there are plenty of workers, working together.
There are many behind the scenes activities that go on every week at our church to prepare for Sunday morning services and Sunday school. The workers that faithfully serve in these capacities are working to build the Lord’s Kingdom. God has blessed us all with different talents. There are many needs at the church where our talents can be used. We can encourage others to use their talents as well.