“Then I said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild…” Nehemiah 2:17
I found myself studying Nehemiah again this morning, for it is one of my favorite books. My Bible was still open as I picked up the book a group of us girls are studying entitled Be the Bridge. It is an interesting perspective from one brave lady about approaching this great race divide with humility and the gospel. The comparison between her and Nehemiah came into focus. Both are looking at the brokenness surroundings them and both are inviting us to rebuild with them. The choice was theirs and it is ours as well.
Perhaps we will answer like Nehemiah, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding…” (2:20). It is going to take some people surveying the damage, asking the Lord for wisdom and everyone willing to rebuild. There is and will be opposition by many. There will be ones that deny that anything is broken. Maybe even ones just looking for a place to vent their anger, any cause will do. But the builders will come with humility to the table, talk about what needs be done and get to work. No more excuses, just a determination to see people made in the image of God and love accordingly.
In humility, seeing people of great value, could change everything. Think about it. We can start with the smallest and allow babies to be born, abortion would end. Girls and boys would no longer be sold, trafficked for labor or sex. Families would put each other as priority and children would know their worth from the get go. Our educational system would change and truth would be taught in every classroom. Everything could be effected if only….
So, what part do you want to start rebuilding?