My blog is called Broken Walls | Burned Gates for this reason. God keeps reminding me to stay on the wall through and through. We cannot afford to put off the urgency to spread the message of the Kingdom.
The book of Nehemiah has always encouraged me. I went over it again last night and God keeps revealing to me the reason behind the story.
The first thing that got my attention this time was the fact that Nehemiah asked only two things about Jerusalem;
Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 1:2)
Nehemiah’s questions were;
1) How are the people?
2) How is the place/ city?
He was greatly concerned about the people and the status of the city. How many of us actually assess the condition of our city?
( A picture of the youth praying over the city this past Saturday)
I recently came across a page on Facebook called Humans of Gaborone, I like going through it to read the stories of the people. The page does not exactly contain the longing of the city for Jesus but it paints a close enough picture of it. The streets of Gaborone are longing for Jesus.
We need to be grieved by the ruins of our city.
They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”(Nehemiah 1:3)
A wall symbolizes strength and protection. In the past the wall of a city was basically it’s defense. So when Nehemiah heard that the walls were broken, he knew this was a call to re-build and re-establish. He responded out of conviction.
We do not respond to people’s need, God does. All we do is dive in the move of God. We recognize what He is doing and carry out what He tells us to do.
God is more committed to what we do than we are.
The bible says for days Nehemiah sat mourning, fasting and praying. People don’t mourn unless they are grieved. Nehemiah was grieved by the ruins of his city. God give us a heart for the lost. May your passion become our passion.
Opposition, discouragement, criticism
In Chapter 4 , as Nehemiah and the people were re-building the walls of the city the enemy started opposing them.
We will face opposition, some people will criticize what we do and we will get discouraged but we cannot stop building. We do not step off the wall for anything.
Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices? Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap–and charred ones at that?” (Nehemiah 4:1-2)
A lot us keep stopping on the way and God wants us to press on. We easy get distracted and we put down our weapons, step off the place God has put us.
We must learn to put our agendas aside.
Some we get easily entangled with civilian pursuits.
But God is saying do not stop building. Stop stepping off the wall, stay focused on the mission.
Jesus is transforming our streets, city and nation.
Recently I went around taking pictures of the city, It got dark when I was still capturing so I changed the settings of the camera to flash light. Immediately, God showed me a picture of this great light shuttering through every corner, street, beyond my eyes and feet, into places only He can reach.
That was a prophetic picture that God gave me for Gaborone. That He will reach even beyond our feet., in places beyond our reach. He will give us faith for the corners beyond just our eyes.
Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. (1 Timothy 4:15). We dive into what God is doing where he has placed us. If we go out, we go out. But we will not put a hand to the plow and looks back anymore.
Jesus is the longing of the Nations. He is enough for Gaborone.