As we continue to read and study Nehemiah 10-13, we see just how well the people of Jerusalem served God. They were committed to rebuilding Jerusalem, so the leaders signed the covenant to obey God’s law. The people followed their leaders and committed to obeying these laws as well. They were all committed because they fully believed that God was their Lord.
Only two chapters later, in Nehemiah 13, we see the people who were so committed to follow and obey the laws of the covenant slip away from those laws and break the commitment they made. We must be in constant communication with the Lord to be reminded of His word which keeps us from slipping away from the true will of God. To know and understand the truth, we must allow the Holy Spirit to guide us because the world can pull us away from God and it can be easy for us to abandon our first commitment.
It is sometimes hard to find our place in what God has planned for us and we overlook the obvious. God will lead us to our work, we just need to be committed to follow him and go where he leads us. It may be that we have a calling to do big things; to travel the world in ministry helping and witnessing to the lost or serving the impoverished. Sometimes our commitment and strength is supporting those who are committed to doing just that, by staying in prayer for them, showing them guidance, and showing them love. We see examples of this everyday in our church and community and the commitment to pray for each other is a blessing.
In our family, our daughters are both committed to go where God takes them. One, to Cambodia to the those who have been abused and sold into slavery. She has been called to bring awareness about human trafficking, something that is hard to imagine and believe. Our younger daughter has committed to work with children who are hurting physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally because of their impoverished circumstances. She is committed to traveling to Ghana this summer to serve the children there. They both inspire me as I watch them go where God leads.
As with the people of Jerusalem, we must be committed to serve and obey God wherever he calls us. We are all sent with the Great Commission, to go out and make disciples of all nations, in whatever way God has individually called us.