Summary: We all need to rejoice more
There was a little girl, whose father was a pastor. One day, she came to her
father and said, "Daddy, can a person go their whole life without sinning?"
The father answered, "No, honey, I’m sorry, but that’s just not possible."
"What about a year, daddy? Can a person go a whole year without sinning?"
She continued. "No, I don’t think that’s possible either." "What about a
day, can a person go a day without sinning once?" "It’s very unlikely, no, I
don’t think they can." "What about one moment, daddy, can a person go one
moment without sinning?" "Yes, that is possible." "Then daddy, I want to
live my life, moment by moment."
Only Christians win at life. That’s because none of us who is human
has the power to hold back our awful enemy, death. But when we have
persevered, we are given the ultimate victory: LIFE that will not end
because our lives are in the hands of the one who defeated death!
"There is great rejoicing in the house of God" Neh. 11:2, 12:30, 43
1. WE ARE IN NEED OF GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD. 11:2
There needs to be a giving of our lives to God. We find in Nehemiah 11 that
the city of God where His presence was in his house was neglected. The
people had come to live back in the land but few were going back into the
city where the temple was to worship God. The city of Jerusalem had many
inhabitants at this time; but not enough to safeguard the city, which was
now encompassed with a wall. Nehemiah therefore asked 1/10 of the country
people to come and dwell in it, that there might be enough for the
safeguarding and defense of the city. Ten were set apart, and the lot cast
among them to see which one of the ten should take up his residence in the
Some volunteered their services, which was considered a sacrifice to
patriotism at that time, as Jerusalem afforded very few advantages. It was a
place of considerable danger. When we choose to be in place of leadership,
we face danger as a Christian. Most of the workers in a church are not paid.
They volunteer and without them, we would be hurting to have good worship
services and a friendly church. I want to thank each one of you who do a
work in the church.
There are people whose hearts were now turned towards the Lord and they
should make the best support for God’s work; but this could not be very
great, as the complete service was not yet established, and the ministers
were few in number. Jesus told us to pray for laborers for harvest was ripe
but the workers were few. Have you been praying for more workers? Have you
offered yourself to work?
It seems these people preferred their own ease and advantage and not to
the spiritual need, which is something that seems to be in every age. Why is
it that even those who have religion seek their own comfort and not the
things of Christ? These people had a connection to holy things and holy
places but found it hard give up pleasure they enjoyed. Should not our souls
delight where opportunities of spiritual development most abound?
If we have not this love to church, and to every thing that assists our
communion with the Savior, how shall we be willing to depart to be absent
from the body, that we may be present with the Lord. To the natural minded,
the perfect holiness of the New Jerusalem would be harder upon them than the
holiness of God’s church on earth. Why do you want to go to heaven?
We need to seek first the favor of God, and his glory. We need to be
patient, contented, and useful in life, and wait, with cheerful hope, for
God’s blessing. It wasn’t enough to see the city walls rebuilt and the
spiritual renewal of the people of Jerusalem now they concerned themselves
with getting more people into the city. For more than seventy years, it had
been a ghost town. Now, over the last eighty or so years, it has been
repopulated, with a new temple built and the walls rebuilt. But the city
still needed more people. Nehemiah also knew the bigger the population of
Jerusalem, the greater the resources for defense and strength in battle. He
didn’t rebuild the walls just to see some conquering army come and break
them down again! It was in these days in the rebuilding of Jerusalem that
God asked and important question through the prophet Zechariah: "For who has
despised the day of small things?" (4:10). My look at this in a spiritual
way is that we need to find more people and bring them into a right