Remember me for this, my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services. —Nehemiah 13:14
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10). “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:21). “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (Luke 16:10). “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (I Corinthians 15:58).
Nehemiah sought to serve the Lord faithfully. Are you and I? He asked the Lord God Almighty to remember how he had faithfully served. Is this something we desire of the Lord as well, to remember how we have served Him faithfully? Can we say those same words?
Today, how have we faithfully served His Church? In what ways are we taking part in how the local church ministers to the local community and beyond? The Lord God Almighty has given each of at least one spiritual gift to serve Him with plus whatever resources He has delegated to us: intellect, social, economic… Nehemiah had a real desire to be remembered by the Lord for His faithful service. Do we have that type of desire? May it be so!
Dear Father, I truly want to be a faithful servant to You. Please help me to be so in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.