“And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?”
Making the work that God has given you to do a priority in your life does not mean you are prideful.
Some have taken Nehemiah’s statement, “I am doing a great work”, to mean that he was filled with pride. Quite the contrary. He simply spoke the truth.
The work he was involved in was a God-given task, and he took that seriously.
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
He was filled with sincerity.
He was also stedfast in his determination to keep his focus on the purpose at hand, not on any distraction that was thrown at him.
“For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.”
Paul encouraged labourers to follow the same principles.
1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Our enemy will try to distract us in any way he can from the great work the Lord has given us to do.
“…why should the work cease…?”
Disregard any excuse the devil tries to tempt you with in order to distract you from your God-given purpose…to give Him glory.
“So the wall was finished… And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.”
Every thing we do should point others to Him.
2 Samuel 5-6 | 1 Corinthians 9
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