“Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.”
When I read the story of Nehemiah rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, I am reminded of what it takes to build a Christian life. Whether it is someone rebuilding or continually building the Christian life, how Nehemiah built this wall is what a Christian must do to build their walk with the LORD. Seven vital things are shown that Nehemiah did that will help you to build your Christian life.
First, it will take prayer. One of the great themes of Nehemiah’s ministry was that he prayed. He prayed before he started building the wall, when he faced opposition, and when he needed wisdom. Nehemiah was a man of prayer, and I believe that is one reason he was successful. You will never live the Christian life successfully without a prayer life. You may see sporadic victories, but the victorious Christian life will only be accomplished by having a prayer life.
Second, you must remove the rubbish in your life. Nehemiah could have never rebuilt the wall until he removed the rubbish. Sin leaves a lot of rubbish, and you will never live on the victory side until that rubbish is removed. Sin’s rubbish must be removed if you are going to build a strong Christian life.
Third, it takes determination to build the Christian life. Nehemiah had a determination to rise up and build. You are sure to fail if you are not determined to live the Christian life. Determination to live the Christian life is the fuel that keeps you going through the difficulties you face; without it, you are sure to quit.
Fourth, you must be willing to face the unpleasant parts of your life if you are going to be successful at building a Christian life. Someone has to repair the dung gate, and you are going to have to face that part of your life that you have tried to avoid. There are parts of the Christian life that won’t always be pleasant. You must be willing to get rid of those influences and friends who will hinder you from living for God. This won’t be easy, but it is necessary.
Fifth, it takes a realization that there will be opposition. You will face opposition just like Nehemiah. Don’t think that everyone is going to be happy. When opposition comes, don’t quit! You are doing the right thing by serving the LORD, and your confidence that you are doing the right thing must come from the LORD and not from others.
Sixth, it takes a willingness to fight if you are going to build a Christian life. There are battles you will face, and many of those battles will come from those who have compromised. My friend, there are going to be times when you have to contend for the faith. You must be willing to experience the bitter taste of battles if you are going to build a successful Christian life.
Seventh, focus is a vital key to building the Christian life. In spite of all that Nehemiah faced, he stayed focused on building the wall. Christian, don’t let anything take your focus away from serving the LORD. The Devil will try to sidetrack you, but you must stay focused on what the LORD wants you to do. If you keep your eyes on the LORD, you will keep your focus and build a strong wall in your Christian life.