“…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 and see you?” – Nehemiah 6:3 (MSG)
My great work isn’t your great work. Your great work isn’t my great work. But both are great works. Nehemiah’s great work was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Sandballat heard of the great work that Nehemiah and his men were doing and became upset. He wanted to do all he could to prevent Jerusalem from being restored. As a result, he invited Nehemiah away from the safety of the city to meet him so they could “resolve the conflict.” Sandallat’s invitations were potential distractions that would’ve caused the work to come to a standstill had Nehemiah accepted.
In our lives, our Sandballats/distractions cause breaches in our respective walls/lives that prevent our great works from being completed. The breach or the thing that could cause you to fail and your work to remain uncompleted could be hanging out, bad habits or relationships (platonic or romantic). Your great work can relate to many areas of your life.
If the great work that God has called you to do isn’t completed it could change your life. The thing is, if Nehemiah had come down, he would’ve been killed. Sanballat and his many (four) invitations were distractions. In addition to the invitations, there were also threats of invasion and other danger. But, Nehemiah and his men continued working. They watched and prayed. If Nehemiah had come down the wall probably would not have been completed, and the people of would not have had their legacy restored. Nehemiah was focused. His heart and mind were set on the great work God had called him to do. We should be the same way.
I have started saying aloud, “I am doing a great work, and I CANNOT come down.” I think about it. I say it. I mean it. I am at a point in my life where friends, fun and excursions, though important, cannot be distractions from the great work I am being called to do.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10
I am doing a great work, prepared just for me, and I cannot come down. Another way to say it, You/I/We are doing great things that God called us to do, and we cannot be turned around. Right now, you may not be certain of what your great work is, but believe that everything you do works together for your good and God’s glory.
God is calling us out of our sins and away from distractions to do great things. What has God called you to do? What does your heart or gut tell you you must do? Don’t be deterred from God’s plan for your life. Don’t be distracted from the vision God gave you. Don’t ignore God’s will for your life.
Will you join me in doing great work and not losing focus or being distracted?
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