We have seen that God has prepared good works in advance for us to do. 2 Timothy 2:16-17 tells us that Scripture equips us for these good works.
When we look at Nehemiah and the good works he was called to do, we can see a number of components worth noting. Concern, vision, strategy/plan, partnerships and (importantly) action. Nehemiah was not a prophet nor a priest. He was an ordinary person like us, albeit he held a high position in society.
Nehemiah's heart is broken because Jerusalem is in ruins (concern). He wants to get to Jerusalem to rebuild its walls (vision). Nehemiah requests letters from the King of Persia providing a safe journey as well as provision of timber for rebuilding Jerusalem (strategy). With letters in hand and a mounted escort provided by the king, he is set (partnership). Replying to the kings enquiry, Nehemiah sets a time frame for his plan (action).
As we plan to do what God guides us to do, these 5 components should be involved.
All of this may require us to relook at how we respond to God's call/purpose in our lives.
Have a good start to the week.
Mike and Daphne