“And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.”
One of the greatest builders whom I have been acquainted with is Bro. Jim Clemensen. Bro. Clemensen is the founder of a boy’s boarding school that takes troubled boys and helps them to turn their life around. Anyone who has ever been around him knows how he takes rundown places and have the vision to rebuild them into great complexes. If you were to go to the home at the writing of this devotional, you would see a great, up-to-date complex; however, it didn’t start this way. It started as an old camp in a wooded area that needed a lot of work done. Bro. Clemensen took those few buildings and has built a great complex for the LORD’s work.
Nehemiah is not only known for his leadership, but also for his ability to build. He took a wall that was in rubbles and rebuilt it in spite of the adversity of enemies who tried to keep him from rebuilding those walls. If every believer, and especially every preacher, took Nehemiah’s mindset to build something for the LORD, God’s work would be flourishing in our day. The problem we face today is not that God can’t build a great work, but that most have a mindset to maintain instead of building a great work. Let me share several mindsets that make up the builder’s mindset.
First, the builder’s mindset is one that needs the help of the LORD. Nehemiah knew that he couldn’t do this great work alone, and many times he spent all night in prayer asking the LORD for help. Psalm 127:1 says, “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it…” You will never put your efforts into the right thing to build without asking the LORD’s mind in building His work. Nobody is as interested in building the LORD’s work as He is; therefore, you will never build it like you should without spending time in prayer getting His mind on how He wants you to build it.
Second, the builder’s mindset sees the work as a great work. The word “great” is used twenty-eight times in the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah didn’t see God’s work as inferior, but superior to everything else that he could do. You will never build anything great for God until you acquire a mindset that the LORD’s work is the greatest work you could put your mind and effort towards. You will never find anything more worthy of your efforts than the LORD’s work when His work is a great work to you.
Third, a builder’s mindset overcomes any impediments that try to keep you from building the LORD’s work. You will face adversities and obstacles that will try to keep you from building something great for God, but you must have a mindset that NOTHING is going to stop you from building it. Those whom the LORD uses to build great works for Him find a way to overcome every hindrance that they face.
Fourth, the builder’s mindset is one that sees the urgency of what you are building. In verse 23, Nehemiah and those building with him only removed their clothes to wash them; they saw the urgency of building the wall. Having a mindset that the LORD’s work is a great work will create an urgency to get it done. The urgency or need for the LORD’s work to be built keeps you from quitting, and it will keep you focused on the LORD’s work and not on yourself. If you will spend time with the LORD in prayer, you will see the urgency and the need for His great work to be built.