May 10, 2013

Today you should read: Nehemiah 2:1-10

When was the last time you were distraught over the welfare of another? More importantly, when was the last time your heart broke for the mission of God? When Jesus saw his fellow Israelites struggling with the Romans and the Pharisees, the Bible tells us that, “he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).

For Nehemiah, distress came from the reality that the walls of his city were in ruins. The people of God who survived exile were unprotected. Worship of God was being hindered. After all, this wasn’t just any city. God Himself said that His name would be written there: “Yet to his son I will give one tribe, that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen to put my name (1 Kings 11:36).” Something needed to happen, but it would take audacious faith.

God raised up just the man for the task: Nehemiah.

The king could have said no or punished him for the request. Nehemiah could have lost His job and the people of Jerusalem could have faced harsh persecution. There were many unknowns and they are what make this story so inspiring. Nehemiah had a bold trust in the sovereign plan of God. He believed that the same God who was with Isaac, Jacob, Abraham, Joseph, and Noah was going to be with him as well.

We’ll get into the particulars of Nehemiah’s story over the next few weeks, but I want to pose a few questions for application/reflection today.

1) Is your heart broken for the mission of God?
2) Is your heart broken for the people of God?
3) Is your heart broken for those around you who don’t know Jesus?
4) What sin is hindering you from being ready to serve God with audacious faith?

When Nehemiah’s number was called, he was ready to get in the game. My prayer for CPC’ers today: be the kind of dedicated disciple that God wants to call on for Kingdom things. And when your number is called, go in with bold faith.

Posted by: Todd Thomas

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Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

One thought on “May 10, 2013”

  1. I read this Jumpstart about 30 minutes after receiving an email from a man who attended 4 times a few months ago. I had emailed and asked for some feedback. He was very nice, but the feedback he gave me broke my heart for the mission. He said no one spoke to him the last 3 times he came. I know he had a “Hello” and a “Good Morning” said to him various times in those three weeks, but apparently he wasn’t “spoken to.” Like, he wasn’t engaged in any conversation and therefore he “felt out of place.” I would have felt out of place too. It reminds me that the things that might seem small and simple are so important for us to do as we are involved in the Great Commission as a church. It reminds me that we all have a huge role to play on Sunday mornings as well.

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