“So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.” — Nehemiah 6:15-16
Together Everyone Achieves More
Nehemiah heard that the walls protecting Jerusalem had been torn down. The city was unprotected and this broke his heart. He then went to Jerusalem and inspected the walls at night. At the appropriate time, he shared the vision of rebuilding the wall with God’s people and they accepted the challenge.
The wall was about two miles in circumference, 40 feet high and 80 feet wide. It probably took nearly 300,000 tons of stone to complete the wall, and they didn’t have earth movers, forklifts or bulldozers. The task was daunting.
In Nehemiah 3, we find that the people got to work. Nearly everyone did their part. We see religious and political leaders helping to rebuild the wall. We see both men and women rebuilding the wall. We see goldsmiths and perfumers rebuilding the wall. We see business people rebuilding the wall. Because the task was so great, everyone got to work. They were a TEAM — Together Everyone Achieves More.
It is estimated that there are more than 3 billion people in the world who haven’t heard the Gospel or have access to hear the Gospel. That’s more than 40 percent of the world’s population. There are millions in America who haven’t had an opportunity to respond to the Gospel.
The task is daunting, but if every Christian were to see their neighborhood, school or workplace as their mission field, together we can reach millions of people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
— Ikki Soma, Houston Rockets chaplain
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