READ Nehemiah 3
Amongst God’s list of star players we see another, shorter list emerge; a list made up of one small group of people, the nobles. These men are immortalized in scripture for all the wrong reasons. Unapologetically and humiliatingly God writes the words, “but their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work”. They go down in history as the men who did… nothing.
You see while Heaven takes note of our willingness to serve Kingdom purpose, it also takes note of our unwillingness. God sees apathy, self-centeredness and plain old laziness too. I don’t know about you, but that’s one list of names I don’t want to be on.
Perhaps the saddest thing about this whole affair is the fact that these guys are nobles. They are the men who have benefited richly from the people. And more than that they are men of authority and responsibility. They have a remit to lead the people into times of peace and prosperity, but truth be told as long as they are ok they care very little for anyone else. So they lay down, not only their mandate to lead, but also their opportunity to make a lasting difference, in order to pursue comfort.
Nehemiah’s nobles tell the painful tale of wasted influence; men called to greatness that settled for a life of self-service instead.
We may not carry the title of noble, but we do carry a title of Child of the King, and as such we have rights but also a responsibility to use our influence well, spending our lives in service to those positioned in our individual worlds. Our journey through this world has never been about comfort. No, Christ calls us to take up our cross, to embrace a life of abandoned self-sacrifice, knowing that some day we will be in paradise. We are called to run after the prize of hearing him say, “Well done good and faithful servant.” I want to hear those words so, so much. Don’t you?
So today why not set down comfort and put your hand to the plough. It’s time to build his kingdom.
Lord, help me to give up comfort for the sake of your kingdom. Amen.