Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tree of Life Day 41: Nehemiah 1-6

Where did Nehemiah's strength, clarity, and sense of purpose originate?

"O LORD God of Heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments..." (Nehemiah 1.5).

Great things get accomplished when there's a great vision of God.  Great things get attempted - no matter the outcome - when there's a great vision of God.  Nehemiah left his place of comfort and ease in the royal palace of Susa for a desolate, forsaken, no-guarantee Jerusalem.  And what started that?  His vision of the greatness of God.

Tie that to this...
All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.  Therefore go make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always even to the end of the age.
What kind of crazy command is that?  And what kind of men and women embark on such a mission?  Those who have a sense that Jesus reigns over everything and that He's with them no matter the circumstance in which they find themselves, even to the very end.

So what kind of "crazy" thing is God calling you to do?

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