Nehemiah 2:16-18—“…I had not yet said anything to anyone about my plans. I had not yet spoken to the Jewish leaders—the priests, the nobles, the officials, or anyone else in the administration. But now I said to them, ‘You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!’ Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king.”
When Nehemiah learned that the wall in Jerusalem was rubbish, he became visibly troubled. He worked as a servant for the king of another country, who noticed this and asked Nehemiah what was wrong. Nehemiah was terrified, but replied, “Long live the king! How can I not be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” Not only did the king give Nehemiah permission to travel to Jerusalem, he also wrote letters for Nehemiah to give the leaders of other countries, allowing him to safely travel through their land. Then in Nehemiah 2:16-18, he tells the Jewish leaders about this and his plans for the wall that had been lying in ruins for 140 years.
Nehemiah knew that through his story, he could show the Jewish leaders that rebuilding the wall was something God wanted them to do. Our stories are a testimony to those around us of what God is doing in and through us.
Our testimonies are just as much for us as they are for other people. When Nehemiah looked back on what had been happening in his life, he could see God working in his life. Nehemiah was afraid to even tell the king why he was troubled, but in Nehemiah 1:11, he said, “O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.” He knew that God had the ability to move the king’s heart, and trusted that it was God’s will for them to rebuild the wall.
Hebrews 10:24 says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” It motivates us to continue spreading the Good News when we see how God is working in our lives; why would we want to keep that a secret? God’s grace is meant to be displayed, not kept hidden. If you stay motivated and share your story, your passion will bleed through and begin to touch the lives of others, who will then start to motivate others. Be a display of God’s grace on Earth so that people who need the Good News will hear it!
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