United Toward a “Good Work”

In Nehemiah
2:17, 18 we find that Nehemiah has
garnered the support of the entire city of Jerusalem in his effort to repair
the walls of the city. He says,


‘come let
us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.  I told them about the gracious hand of my God
upon me and what the King had said to me. They replied, ‘let us start
rebuilding”.

So, together they began
this good work.

Nehemiah
began his project with the people united toward the ‘good work’.  Nehemiah had the great advantage of a unified
people focused on a specific work.  There
is something about unity that brings forth the power and glory of God.  Unity is very important to the Lord.  We are united under one head, Jesus, and
individually and corporately we are being
transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory. (2 Cor. 3:18)

So, if unity
is so important, why is it often difficult to achieve in organizations,
especially in the church? Paul chastised the believers in Corinth for not
receiving communion in unity (1 Cor. 11:17-26). 
Solomon spoke of 7 things that are detestable to God, the seventh being
one who stirs up dissension among the
brothers’.
 (Prov. 6:19) Dissension
and division are the opposite of unity and the Word of God reveals that it
weakens the body. 

I believe
that unity dissolves whenever we take our eyes off Jesus and fix them on
circumstances and people.  God’s plan for
Jerusalem was to repair the walls. Nehemiah communicated the plan as God’s plan and the people got on board. They completed
the wall, in spite of opposition, in 52 days! 
God has a plan and vision for every church and ministry. God has a plan
to show forth His glory and likeness and make known His wisdom on earth.

People are
united as they keep their eyes fixed on Jesus as the head and on His plan as
the vision.  As soon as people fix their
eyes on imperfections of people in the church, imperfections in leaders,
imperfections in organization, etc. unity dissolves and agreement with God’s
plan disintegrates. Dissension and division enter as devices of the enemy
intent on undermining and subverting God’s design.

However, we
have authority and dominion over dissension and division through Jesus Christ.
We have the power to resist the enemy. We have a choice to choose glory. We
have a choice to focus on the ‘good work’ that God prepared before the foundations
of the earth for you, for me, for the church. Submit to God, resist the devil (James
4:7), and you WILL complete the
‘good work’ He prepared for you. Praise His Name!!

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