Now when Sanballat and Tobiah and Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had built the wall and that there was no breach left in it (although up to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates), Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come and let us meet together at Hakkephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they intended to do me harm. And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” And they sent to me four times in this way, and I answered them in the same manner. Nehemiah 6:1-4
What is your wall?
Way back at the beginning of the story, Nehemiah was a broken man who felt compelled to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. After much adversity and many moments that could have easily disheartened any man, he remained focused on his task. We live in an instant and inspired world today. Instant is apparent because we are frustrated when we don’t see immediate results. Inspired because we continually are led to the next best thing, yet fail to follow through on a plan. Just ask your gym membership. But Nehemiah was a little different, in fact, he was a determined leader. His task from the very beginning was to build and he did not waver from it.
What is your wall? The very mission you felt compelled to when first following God. Think back to the moment you came alive in Christ. What broke your heart that you knew God could use you to remedy? Revisit the that which first compelled you. If you never experienced a mission like Nehemiah, pray that God gives you one. Apply laser like focus on the “great work” given you by God. Do not let yourself get distracted. Name your wall and focus on it.