BIBLE READING: Nehemiah 5:14-19
“Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.”
In the midst of this issue, Nehemiah displayed a great example of unselfishness. I don’t know about you, but I know selfishness can be so easy to fall into at times, as we talked about last time. Here Nehemiah gives an example of living above the Persian ways and tributes as the past Jewish governors did not. He did not want to use his position for power, but as an opportunity to be an example to the Jewish people in the restoration process. D. L. Moody said, “A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they only shine.” People watch our actions more than listening to our words. In the sense of the word “Christian,” it’s not a projection of ourself (a hidden selfishness), but a reflection of Christ. This is taking His actions, His love, and His gospel and reflecting that to others around us. This example has been given to us in Philippians 2:5-8, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” This means being likeminded in Christ, trusting in His strength and His word. In conclusion, I want to challenge you today to be the best reflections of Christ that we can be.
David Fulp II