19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 (ESV)
10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. – 1 Corinthians 3:10 (ESV)
When I was in high school, I spent my summers working as a laborer for a masonry company. It was good, hard, and honest work. There are days now when I miss the feel of the trowels and the sounds of the mortar slapping onto blocks. More than anything though, I miss the people that I did the work with. Specifically, I miss working alongside Joe Dale. Joe was a skilled and tenured block layer who owned the company. My job was to work directly with him and supply everything he needed to keep his hand to the job. I’d mix mortar, fill buckets, and scale scaffolding to deliver buckets of cement and block so he wouldn’t need to divert his attention from laying block for any reason.
Over the years we learned to work incredibly well together. His job was to lay the block and my job was to supply him with the resources he ordered. You see, my job of serving him was possible because he had already arranged for the worksite to be supplied with the sand, cement mortar, water, and block needed to complete the job.
Think about it… my job was to prepare and place resources in a position to be used by the very master builder who had supplied them. WOW! This is very similar to the picture we gain from the verses above. Jesus is the supplier and master builder of the mission. He supplies all we need and is Himself the master builder who constructs His Church. You know what that makes us, right? We are the faithful laborers in-between. Our job is to take all the resources the Lord has given us and position them to be used by Him.
You see, this week’s passage is about the Lord’s provision. This week we are going to witness how He provides all we need to fulfill His mission. As you read Chapter 5, take note of how the rich nobles abused the Lord’s provision while Nehemiah leveraged it to bless God’s people and fulfill the mission. As we prepare our hearts for Sunday, let’s pray that the Lord will teach us and guide us to steward His provisions well. Be sure to listen to the worship set as you prepare for worship this Sunday.
Love you, Church.
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