“At last the wall was completed to half its height around the entire city, for the people had worked with enthusiasm.” -Nehemiah 4:6
Eliashib the high priest
Zaccur son of Imri
Meremoth son of Uriah
Meshullam son of Berekiah
Zadok son of Baana
Joiada son of Paseah
Meshullam son of Besodeiah
And many more names to follow..
Who are these people? (you can find out in Nehemiah 3)
If you haven’t gone through the entire story of Nehemiah, this list might not make sense, but these people spent their blood, sweat and tears in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
Having the experience of serving at the king’s palace, Nehemiah knew that such an arduous task of turning stones into structure would require strength and capacity more than he could give himself. After all, the Persian Empire that conquered them was expanded, not just with the vision of their leader, but with soldiers willing to fight for their king. Nehemiah recognized the importance of matching individual skills to the specific requirement of building the wall. As a result, the wall was built up to the halfway point, for the people worked with much enthusiasm – not just because they were part of a vision and a dream from God, but because the part they played was the one they were fit for.
Although not everyone is gifted with this vision, are we able to support our leaders who are anointed by God to lead us to His purposes? Are we able to contribute according to our talents and gifting? If you are called to lead, are you able to nurture and develop others, so your team might be of more service?
History might forget the names mentioned above, but for their service for God’s kingdom, appropriate for their skills and talents, they will be eternally remembered and rewarded.