This Sunday as we teach on Nehemiah 5 we will have to ask ourselves a difficult question. Am I seeking to build God's Kingdom or My Kingdom? I encourage you to read Nehemiah 5 today and see the amazing contrast between Nehemiah and the other leaders of God's people!
My prayer in posting this is for you to be inspired to read and meditate on each chapter of the book of Nehemiah yourself! I pray meditating on God's Word becomes an essential part of the life of every person at The Point Church! (Psalm 1:1-3). Below is my SOAP meditation from the fifth chapter of the book of Nehemiah
S "Out of reverence for God I did not act like that. Instead I devoted myself to the work on this wall." - Nehemiah 5:15b-16a
O Nehemiah had the right to take a salary from the people. Nehemiah had the ability to take land and food from the people. Instead he gave food to the poor. He loaned money and grain to the poor without charging interest. He could have gotten much richer but instead he gave his life to something much more valuable.
A I am in a similar position. I could choose to increase my wealth from the position God has put me in but instead I have the opportunity to pursue something so much greater than earthly riches, God’s kingdom and eternal treasure in heaven.
P Father I pray you would continue to move the hearts of our family and our church to choose to build your kingdom over our personal storehouses. In Jesus name. Amen.