Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests and built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. They built as far as the Tower of the Hundred, and consecrated it, then as far as the Tower of Hananel. Next to Eliashib the men of Jericho built. And next to them Zaccur the son of Imri built. Nehemiah 3:1-2
They did not hire contractors to complete the walls of Jerusalem. They did not take bids or seek foreign aid. The people with the most to gain and the most at stake built the wall. Each person or family became responsible for the section of wall in front of their home or neighborhood. Friends and neighbors joined in.
The list of names continue through the remainder of chapter three.
It’s rather easy to get the lesson taught in this scripture – everyone needs to do their part in God’s work.
However, it’s more than just calling all your church members to come together. It’s about getting all Christians and churches together to work.
Denominations must tear down a few walls before we can all rebuild them.
Who has the most to gain from denominations pulling together?
God! What we do is for His honor.
Who has the most at stake?
We do! We have a responsibility to tell others about Christ, for their sake, so they have an opportunity to accept the Gospel.
I’m sure not everyone built the wall by setting and mortaring the stones in place but everyone had a part to play. Some cleared debris and others carried materials. Perhaps someone delivered lunch. The key is everyone has a part to play.