“I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” ~Nehemiah 6:3b
I love to play volleyball, but it seems there’s always that guy who feels the need to leave his position and save the day by stepping in front of someone who may not be as good. The problem is being out of position leaves an empty spot in which the other team will “hit it where they ain’t”.
I find that when I’m outside of the will of God I’m vulnerable and put myself in harms way. I become a weak link in a chain that allows the enemy a foothold which in turn hurts the body of believers.
If each one of us was to stand in the gap when it comes to being a part of a healthy spiritual relationship with other believers, we become stronger by number then being alone. Nehemiah had begun a great work by bringing together a group of likeminded people to complete a task that depended upon everyone doing his own work.
When tempted by the enemy Nehemiah quickly recognized that they wanted him to leave his post and in doing so abandon his position. Verse 2 of chapter 6 reads “Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they thought to do me harm”. I think the first sign of danger was they wanted to meet in the villages in the plain of Ono, in which Nehemiah said “OH NO!
Our “post” is not only a physical position but can also be a spiritual position. The Bible says in the letter to the Colossians in chapter 3 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth”. Our actions will follow our thoughts in accordance to what we desire. One way to “Man your Post” is to be spiritually minded. If my whole world revolves around me and I allow my selfish ambitions to take over, everything gets filtered through my fleshly thoughts and I develop an unquenchable thirst which leads me to the villages in the plains of Ono. But if my thoughts are fixed on the ways of God thru Christ my filter is pure and my spirit is in tune to the Holy Spirit. Romans chapter 12 is another great chapter to get our “marching orders” verse 16 says “Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion”.
So if you’re out of step and you’re not at your post shape up and step up for the ride of a lifetime.
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.
Daily Quote:God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus. ~Max Lucado
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.