So Sanballat and Geshem sent a message asking me to meet them at one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But I realized they were plotting to harm me, so I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?” Four times they sent the same message, and each time I gave the same reply. Nehemiah 6:2-4 (NLT)
A Great Work
I have a purpose and plan for your life. I have called you into my service. You have been given a great work to do for me. I have a mission for you to accomplish. I have a task for you to complete. I will make you able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Does this surprise you? No, I am not surprised. Why is that? If none of what you have said was true, I would be shocked. I would wonder, “What have I been doing with my life?” I have been engaged in a mission. I have been working on a task. My purpose in life is to love and follow and serve you. It has been my passionate desire to follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. If I am not in the middle of what you had in mind as the purpose and plan for my life, I would be very sad. Then I have very good news for you. What’s that? You are on track. You are running on the course I have laid out for you. You have gone and done what I have asked of you. Your heart and mind and life are focused on loving and following and serving me. I am glad that you think so. Your words are very encouraging. Your words life me up and spur me on. That’s good.
Let’s talk a little bit about where you are right now. Where am I right now? You tell me. I am weary and worn out. I am running on empty. I feel depleted and maybe ready to give up and quit. How do you feel about that? Not good, not right, it’s not going to happen, but the feelings are real. What do you need? I need to be refreshed and restored and revived by you. I need to be lifted-up and carried by you. I can see that. I need you to give me passion and power, persistence, and perseverance so I will be able to keep on doing the great work you have given me to do for you. Is that your hope? Is that your desire? Is that your prayer? Yes Lord, it is. You will have all that you ask of me, I will make you able to keep on doing the great work I have given to you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I know you have given me a great work to do for you. Give me your passion and power, and persistence and perseverance in doing your work. Help me to say no to time wasters. Help me to focus my heart and mind and life on following and serving you. Amen
Key Question… How has the Lord helped you to know the great work He has given you to do for Him?
Living It Out… Keep on doing the great work that God has given you to do for Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will give you a great work to do for Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are doing the great work the Lord has given you to do for Him.
Prayer To Bless Others… Lord, how will you give me passion, power, persistence, and perseverance in doing the work I have been given?
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