Nehemiah 4:17 – “…for the people had a mind to work.” NASU
It is one thing to lay out your plan and a totally different thing to execute it. The Israelites under the leadership of Nehemiah worked together and they were totally focused to accomplish Nehemiah’s plan.
You know your team is going to be successful when they are focused, not allowing anything to distract them. They had “a mind to work” is the comment recorded in the book of Nehemiah about the Israelites.
What a great compliment!
Can you imagine how you would feel if the Bible were being written today and in its pages were the words “the people had a mind to work” and you were the people that being referred to?
One of my roles at Fairway is the Mission’s Minister. New Life and Fairway joined together this past week and on Friday (1st) and Saturday (2nd) to pack 90,000 packets of food for IDES (International Disaster Emergency Services).
As I served with over 200 Christians in packing these packets this scripture in Nehemiah came to my mind “for the people had a mind to work”.
We packed 90,000 packets. What we thought was going to take us 8 hours of time took us 6 hours and 50 minutes. How was that possible? The Christians had a mind to work.
In Nehemiah's day they rebuilt the wall in 52 days because they had a mind to work (Neh. 6:15).
One other thing you need to know about the Israelites while they were rebuilding the wall, they were being harassed the whole time by Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem. Three men who flat out lied about Nehemiah and the Israelite’s intention for rebuilding the wall. Nehemiah would not allow these distractions to take him away from his purpose.
If you have a purpose don’t allow distractions to deter you. Have a mind to work and “getter done”.
Read Nehemiah and you will see a man who was interested in pleasing God and that was all that mattered to him. I say let’s be like Nehemiah, and the way to do that is to stay focused and have a mind to work in the LORD’s vineyard.
This About These:
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. – Newt Gingrich
Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength. - Theodore Roosevelt
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God’s Word
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