Doing A Great Work
Today’s Scripture: “So I sent messengers to them, saying, ‘I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3.
God has ordained certain good works for us to accomplish (Ephesians 2:10). Those tasks are vital to the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on earth. Every Christian is “doing a great work.” We are to discover and complete those tasks before we die.
Nehemiah had an important work to accomplish. God called him to return to Jerusalem from exile to rebuild the great wall that had been leveled by the Babylonians. Though the task was immense, and his earthly resources were meager, Nehemiah knew God’s will and was confident that God would do the work through him. When he arrived at Jerusalem, he saw the demolished wall around the Jewish temple that Zerubbabel had rebuilt decades earlier. He also met Ezra the scribe who had returned thirteen years earlier to teach God’s Word. Nehemiah realized how desperately the Jews needed the protection of the city’s wall if they were to prosper. God had given him “a great work.”
Nehemiah faced severe opposition from the Gentile neighbors. Nevertheless, he refused to be distracted. Though they tried to lure him into a meeting so they could kill him, Nehemiah refused to leave work. His classic response is given in our text – “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down!” Because of obedience and focus, the wall was completed in only fifty-two days! He finished the task God had given him.
If you are saved, God has a great work for you. It may seem insignificant to others, but that matters not. You must discover God’s will for you and then go for it! Remember, God’s work is a great work. You must not come down until it is finished.