by Rev Joel Yong
I said to the king, Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire? Then the king said to me, What are you requesting? So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ graves, that I may rebuild it.
Nehemiah was in the palace – eating well and sleeping comfortably.
He wasn’t threatened physically nor was he oppressed.
But still he was unhappy.
He was unhappy because his people lived in ruins.
His thought was not about “What will happen to me if I go to help them?”
He thought “What will happen to them if I do not go to help them?”
That is the mind of Christ, I believe.
He came and died on the cross – because He thought of our lives more than His own life.
And so He came for us.
Too often, we do not dare to step out in faith and attempt new things for God because we ponder “What will happen to me if I do this or that?”
Rather let us have the mind of Christ in us, and go as He did that we too might be broken and poured out for the salvation of this world.