[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 itâ€™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 Nehemiahâ€™s day,Â Nehemiah basically says that what he was doing was too important to stop.
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 Nehemiahâ€™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?