a great work

[gallery orderby="rand"] I am enjoying hearing Keegan share more and more about his mission trip to the Dominican Republic. (DR) If I have heard him right he was part of a team that poured a concrete floor for a widow with children who lost her home in a hurricane. They also were able to paint the walls. Outstanding.

Looking through a worldly lens the work on the floor and the walls is insignificant (except for the widow of course) in light of other problems in the DR and it’s neighbor Hattie (still recovering from the earthquake.) Mix in the problems in the world and the significance becomes even smaller.

I am currently reflecting on Nehemiah (continuing to use 66 Love Letters by Larry Crabb to aid my study) and how he took charge of a work that in the Persian mind would have been insignificant. Rebuilding a wall in some far away place called Jerusalem--yawn. To them it was meaningless. However, Nehemiah saw it differently. When asked to stop what he was doing by other leaders in Nehemiah’s day,  Nehemiah basically says that what he was doing was too important to stop.

Nehemiah 6:3

The Message (MSG)

2-3 I knew they were scheming to hurt me so I sent messengers back with this: "I'm doing a GREAT work; I can't come down. Why should the work come to a standstill just so I can come down to see you?" [emphasis mine]

God has something to say to us in Nehemiah’s story. Larry Crabb has shared that the entire letter is saying it. What God is saying is that any work that is connected with knowing Him and making Him known is a GREAT work.

The work that you and I do and will do if connected to knowing Him and making Him known is a GREAT work. You and I might be doing the work, praying for it, or funding it and the significance of our efforts are GREAT.

I want to make sure that is the kind of work I am doing, how about you?