by: Jonathan Day, Lead Pastor
Over the past five weeks, our church has been in a sermon series called Re-Build: A detailed look at the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.
Nehemiah was a common man in a unique position. He was secure and successful as cupbearer to the Persian King Artaxerexes. Nehemiah had little power, but he had a great influence. He was trusted by the king. He was also a man of God concerned about the fate of Jerusalem.
As Nehemiah’s conviction grew over Jerusalem, his ability to look beyond himself began to surface in an incredible way.
Nehemiah realized what God had called him to do at this specific time in his life must become his highest priority. I wonder how many times the creator of the universe calls you and I to a specific purpose and we choose to categorize that purpose as something other than priority. The danger in choosing this position often results in regret.
Regret is to feel sad or sorry about something that you did or did not do. When we look back over our lives, it will be the inaction not the action that we will regret.
Six years ago when God called me to plant Watermark Church, I was not sure that I would be able to handle the task. I knew it would be hard. I knew there would be opposition. I knew there would be many mountains and valleys. Though there were many uncertainties, the thought of standing before the creator of the universe one day and him saying, “Jonathan, you played it safe, but I want to show you what I had planned for you,” honestly shook me to the core. I didn’t want to be in the “What If” category.
What I love about Nehemiah was his unrelenting ability to look beyond himself and not allow the obstacles, needs, challenges or the enemy to weaken his resolve. He was not a “What If” man. Now the reason that he was able to take this position was due to his belief in a mighty God and this is also what he allowed to shape his perspective. From beginning to end, Nehemiah prayed for God’s help. He prayed as he was beginning his task, he prayed throughout the task and he prayed when the task was complete.
Do you believe that God has called you to something much bigger than yourself? If so, you can find hope in the life of Nehemiah. He was a man that would not settle for the ordinary.
You may not have Nehemiah’s unique abilities or feel that you are in a position where you can do anything great for God, but there are two ways you can become useful to God. First, be a person who talks to God. Welcome him into your thoughts and share yourself, your concerns, feelings and dreams with him. Second, be a person who walks with God. Put what you learn from his Word into action. God may have an “impossible” mission that he wants to do through you.