Intro: As fathers (and mothers too), we are charged with the task of building up our children, homes, and those we influence. Nehemiah is a great example of Godly building. His task was specific to the walls of Jerusalem, but the principles he followed are relevant for those of us today involved in the effort of raising up Godly children, students, and organizations.
4 areas to remember:
I. The Purpose of Building
A. Learn of the reality around us, be a realist (Neh. 2:3)
B. We have a responsibility to build (Neh. 2:20)
C. We are obligated to fight for our families (Neh. 4:14)
II. The Foundation of Building
A. Christ as the Chief Cornerstone (Matt. 21:42) There is no substitute for making sure Christ is the foundation and the standard for all other work.
B. Christ’s teaching-the Word (Matt. 7:24-27) Jesus said those that hear AND do what He says are like the wise man who built on the rock.
C. The full counsel of Christ’s teaching-this includes applying one’s self to learn the over-arching story of scripture to see the big picture of God’s work and redemptive plan.
III. The Process of Building
A. We must be patient for God’s timing (Neh. 2:12)
B. Focus on each brick-it is a brick-by-brick process that focuses on each truth, each person, each day, etc. (break the big project down to smaller manageable steps)
C. Remember to always teach each truth (brick) in relationship to the others around it (context, meaning, purpose) (Neh. 8:8)
IV. The Results of Building
A. There is strength in connection (truth-to-truth, person-to-person)
B. There is the benefit of protection (like the wall was to Jerusalem, solid building protects minds, hearts, lives as Jesus protects us overall)
C. There is liberty of demarcation (the walls of Jerusalem set boundaries which allowed for liberty of the people, establishing Godly boundaries also facilitates healthy liberty)
Are you a builder? You can be. Nehemiah was not an experienced builder of walls, but God used him greatly in his time which simply started with a Godly burden. As the saying goes, “He does not necessarily call the equipped, but He does equip the called.”