TEXT: NEHEMIAH 3:1-5.
KEY VERSE “And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord” (NEHEMIAH 3:5)

The story was told of a fundraising session in a Pentecostal church where everyone was motivated to make contribution for the building of a church auditorium. The senior pastor challenged members to give willingly, generously and cheerfully. The pastors, peasants, poor and concerned members responded and gave their best. But a cross-section of the wealthy and nobles in that church were called and could not give their best for reasons best known to them. They ignorantly forgot that God positioned them there to use them and their possessions.

The passage today is a memorial of those who served God in their own generation and nobles who neglected their God-given duty. Eliashib the high priest, with his brethren the priests led the van in the troop of the builders. Many people were active in the work of building and repairs, including those who were not inhabitants of Jerusalem. Some people, according to their abilities, put in their best to get the work done. But the nobles of Tekoa, like those in the illustration above, would not come under the yoke of discharging the service to God.

The high priest contributed much to the work of the Lord in the days of Nehemiah. This exemplary attitude shows that spiritual leaders must not only lead by word, but also by action. Similarly, every member is expected to participate actively in God’s work in order to actualise His purpose for the church.

Don’t be left out in the service of God; your contribution, no matter how small, is needed.

Find a place to serve God and start contributing your time, talent and treasures. No doubt, in every group of people there will be those who appear smart, passive and too important to contribute their quota. Sometimes, the best approach is to ignore them and do your own part. Render your service to God today and let Him count on you.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY You will only be remembered by what you have done.

BIBLE IN A YEAR: 1 SAMUEL 14.

MEDITATION

Can God count on you?

  1. The example of the high priest v1.
  2. He did not use his ecclesiastical position as an excuse for non- involvement in the manual work of the Lord.
    b. Every work done for the Lord’s sake, whether secular or spiritual, is God’s work and will be rewarded by God Ephesians 6:5-8.
    c. No “part time workers” in God’s service. It is either you are living and working for God or you are living for yourself, and of course, Satan Ephesians 6:5-8.
  3. The inexcusable excuses of the nobles v5
    a. The nobles accepted God as their Lord v5.
    b. For whatever reason known to them, they decided not to risk their service to their Lord (spectators).
    c. Their excuses, whatever it may be, contradict their professed Lordship of God over their lives v5, Luke 6:46.
    d. Their non – participation was specially recorded for posterity and eternity too v5.
    Q Do you identify with a Church? Are you actively involved in the service of God or you are an excuse giver? Have you realized your actions are being recorded by God in His book? Think of what you can profitably occupy yourself with in the service of God and start working at it.
    Ask God for forgiveness if you are not getting involved enough
    If you are actively involved in His service, praise God for the privilege of service and the rewards promised, both in time and eternity
    Pray for excuse givers in the Church that they will receive willingness and grace to consecrate their services to God
    Pray that the work of God in our hands will prosper greatly and bear fruits. Pray that you will not loose reward of service

HYMN To the work

  1. To the work! to the work! we are servants of God,
    Let us follow the path that our Master has trod;
    With the balm of His counsel our strength to renew,
    Let us do with our might what our hands find to do.
    Refrain:
    Toiling on, toiling on,
    Toiling on, toiling on;
    Let us hope, let us watch,
    And labor till the Master comes.
    2 To the work! to the work! let the hungry be fed,
    To the fountain of life let the weary be led;
    In the cross and its banner our glory shall be,
    While we herald the tidings, “Salvation is free!” [Refrain]
    3 To the work! to the work! there is labor for all,
    For the kingdom of darkness and error shall fall;
    And the name of Jehovah exalted shall be
    In the loud swelling chorus, “Salvation is free!” [Refrain]
    4 To the work! to the work! in the strength of the Lord,
    And a robe and a crown shall our labor reward
    When the home of the faithful our dwelling shall be
    And we shout with the ransomed, “Salvation is free!” [Refrain]