There seem to be two distinct responses to the work of God here on Earth. As individuals, when we feel God leading us, calling us, or convicting us, we can either respond with a faithful “Yes, Lord,” and eagerly join God in the work He is doing in our lives, or we can stubbornly dig our heels into the dirt and sinfully challenge God’s authority in our lives. Obviously, as Christians, we know what a joy it is to strive for our lives to reflect the first option more and more every day.
Yet as we seek to live obediently, we can anticipate two responses from the groups around us, as evident in our reading of Ezra 5 today. First of all, we should eagerly anticipate the support from our family of believers. As Zerubbabel and Jeshua were undertaking the rebuilding of the temple, “the prophets of God were with them, supporting them” (5:2). As family members in the body of Christ, we have the great privilege of both encouraging and being encouraged by our fellow believers.
Yet we must also be prepared for the world to respond differently to our obedience. Just as Tattenai challenged the faithful obedience of the builders, so also will the world question us. As the world watches our obedience, it may bombard us with criticisms, doubts, or mocking (which may actually provide a great opportunity for us to witness). Friends, we may rest confident in the fact that if our God is for us, none may stand against us.
So as we enter into our day, what are some ways that we can share God’s work in our own lives with our fellow believers and invite them into it? How can we specifically build up a brother or sister who is seeking to be obedient to God today? How can we prepare ourselves for the challenges of the world, that we may share the gospel and not be hindered our obedience?
By: Logan West