Nehemiah 12:31 Sing Praise

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I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top of the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate. Nehemiah 12:31 

When something great happens, there is usually some type of celebration. People are excited when a great thing is accomplished or finished. At the point of finishing building a large building, there is usually a grand ceremony celebrating its completion.

People are always excited to see something finished. One of the ways that people celebrate things is with music. If something is large enough, bands or singers may be brought in for the celebration. Music is one thing that will bring a lot of people together. Very few people do not like to listen to music, though the types of music listened to may vary a lot.

As the people had finished re-building the walls around Jerusalem, they were excited. Nehemiah had two choirs put together for the celebration. They were to sings songs of thanks and praise to God. They were grateful for God’s great mercy, protection and provision in re-building the wall. It had taken a lot of work with a lot of pressure to stop and give up building the wall.

In the life of every believer there will be times when something has to be done that will take a lot of work and time. There will be a lot of pressure to give up. People may not want it to happen.

But if it is what God wants done, one should not give up. One should do what God wants done and not quit until it is done. However, once it is done, one must give God thanks. This can be done with words or with music and words. It is the first thing to be done in celebrating the completion of some great project or any project. Giving God thanks for what He allowed to be done.

You may be in some great project for God or it may be a small one. Either way it takes God’s favor and provision to accomplish it. Trust in Him as you do the work. And when you are finished, give Him thanks and praise in song for using you and giving you provision and strength to complete the task. Sing a new song of praise and thanks to God.

I pray today that you will give thanks to God for all things; that you will give God credit for work He allowed you to do; that you will know God’s power and provision in your life; and that God will do great things through you.

Acts 20:24 What Are You Aiming At?

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However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24

As Paul was getting ready to leave Ephesus, he told the people that he may not see them again. He knew that prison and hardships were ahead of him. Paul was not worried about his own life, but his aim in his life was to do what God called him to do–testify about Jesus and God’s grace.

Many people have goals or aims in life. Those who are successful tell everyone else that they need a goal in life, something to aim for. If one does not have an aim, then he will not hit anything or accomplish anything of any real value.

The world says that the goals that one must have should be a big bank account, large house, many cars, great vacations, and high status in society. If one does not have these, then they are worthless aims in life.

Believers have a different aim in life. Their aim is to please God. The only way to please God is to do what God has called them to do. The greatest task that God has called every believer to do, is to testify about Jesus and God’s grace.

The world is on a one-way track to death, seeking temporary things of this world. They do not know that there is real life to be had out there. That real life is only found in Jesus Christ.

The only way that the world can know about Jesus Christ is for a believer to bring the gospel message to them. Someone has to be a witness of what Jesus has done for them.

As a believer, you need to be one to tell others about Jesus. Your aim in this life needs to be telling as many people about Jesus as you can possibly tell.

Building a big bank account and great vacations may be nice for this life, but it does not help in light of eternity. Souls may be lost, if the main task is not focused on.

Take time each day to be a witness. Make it your aim in this life to tell as many people about Jesus as possible. In doing this you will please God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the task God has called you to do; that you will make it your aim in life to be a witness for Jesus; and that many will know Jesus because of your message.