Welcome to Monday Morning Preacher! And I bet the next question is: what’s that?
This is a Monday morning follow-up to the sermon. My hope is that this will just give you a little extra encouragement as we take the truth we find in God’s Word and apply it to our lives.
For today, I want to talk about the fact that all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), all Scripture is relevant, all Scripture is important, and all Scripture is there for a reason.
Yesterday’s passage was a list of people building the wall. Many people see this as something to gloss over, something to skip, something to not dive into more intently. And honestly, I saw this play out in many of the commentaries I look through. This passage for the most part, many did not take the time to see what was there, and I think that is a critical error.
In this passage we saw the high priest not only doing the work, but blessing the beams and gates as they are installed. When the nobles from Tekoa refused to lift a finger to assist in building the walls, the people rose up and worked even harder to make sure it was completed. We have people who didn’t even work in construction, and probably didn’t even know how to build the wall, chip in and get the work done. Men and women worked together, many doing the work just outside their homes, the portion of the wall that mattered most to them. We even see people like Baruch going above and beyond, helping others who need it, before taking on a section for himself and completing it in a zealously. Even when five brothers refused to lift a finger to help, Hanun wouldn’t allow that to stop him and he repaired and did what he could to complete the task.
All that was found in a passage that at first glance looked like a list of names, going around the whole city, telling us who built what. And why was it there? To let us know how the whole city, and even those outside the city (The people of Jericho traveled about 20 miles, while the people of Tekoa traveled 12 to rebuild), worked together to accomplish what needed to be done to advance God’s kingdom.
And my plea for you this morning is to remind you that to accomplish our goal, to rebuild our mission to go and reproduce authentic Christians, we need you. Everyone will need to play their part for us to be successful.
And if you want to know where to begin: begin in your home. Begin with your family – those you love and care for most in this world. Do they all know Jesus is king, that His kingdom has come, and he died on the cross and was resurrected three days later to wash away our sins? Have they repented? Do they believe the gospel message? Are they following Jesus – his expectation to go, baptize, and teach, no matter the cost, without question, and without excuse?
The first mission field is our home, and then we begin to expand to the people we interact with in our lives. We focus on our friends. We focus on our coworkers. We focus on the people who live right around us. We don’t have to be successful 100% of the time, and we don’t have to wait until we know we will be. All God wants from us is to throw the seed. He’s responsible for the growth. We just need to be willing to throw it out there.
If all of us are willing to recommit to this mission, just take a moment to think about how this city will change? How many more people will know Jesus? How many more people will be living out the commission Jesus gave us to go, baptize, and teach? How many more of us will be living like authentic Christians, and ready to not only reproduce, but multiply new disciples who follow Jesus!