Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” Nehemiah 2:17
Years of neglect have often left many buildings falling apart and in disrepair. The paint is peeling, holes in the roof, windows broken out, doors falling off and much more. Sometimes this is while people are still living in it, while other times it has been abandoned.
Some of these buildings were great buildings in their time. They were great looking and talked about. People could see them and enjoyed seeing them as they passed by, but now talk bad about it, because it has fallen apart.
Nehemiah had traveled back to Jerusalem to see what the city looked like. The walls and gates were all broken down and left in disrepair. He encourages the people to begin to repair all the damage.
The city of Jerusalem was the heart of the Israelites. It defined them and showed the world that they had God’s favor. Without the city, they had nothing but disgrace.
God had created mankind to be perfect and grand, but because man chose to sin, the walls and gates have been broken down in their lives. Disgrace came upon Adam when he chose to sin against God. This has been passed down to every person since Adam.
Every day people all over the world are walking around, broken down and in disgrace. They have broken walls and gates in their lives. They are no longer showing the greatness of God in their lives.
Some of these people were believers, who have chosen to allow sin to overcome them again. They chose to step back into a life of sin and no longer follow God.
You may be in this position of having allowed walls of life be broken down in your life. Sin has been allowed in destroying your relationship with God and leaving it in disrepair.
Although, you, yourself cannot repair your life, you can allow God to repair the walls of life in you. Jesus can remove the sin and damage in your life and make you who you are supposed to be in Him.
The disgrace of sin can be removed by the blood of Jesus, restoring the glory of God in your life.
Allow God to begin rebuilding your life and work with Him, not against Him.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus to build you into a mighty servant of God; that you will allow God to clean your life up for His glory; and that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin.