The Power Behind the Good Work

See Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 16:27; Ephesians 6:7–8; Revelation 22:12. Not only have each one of us been given a good work, we also will stand accountable for that good work before the Lord. Don’t lose heart, though. Because the same Lord that we will stand accountable to for our good work has promised to work in us, with us, and through us.
 
Nehemiah did not do this good work alone. He mobilized people to participate in this good work. But even more importantly, Nehemiah knew the power behind the Good Work of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
 

You are not alone in your good work; the Lord works with you.

 
See Nehemiah 1:11; Nehemiah 2:8; Nehemiah 2:17–18; Nehemiah 2:20; Nehemiah 4:14-15; Nehemiah 6:15–16. You would never get the idea from Nehemiah that he did this good work in his own power. He was careful to acknowledge that the Lord was the power at work in this good work.
 

Doing a good work is only possible through the Lord’s power at work within you.

 
See Ephesians 3:20; Colossians 1:29. While God does intend for us to act and do something in order to accomplish a good work, He never intends for us to do this work in our own strength alone. His work is possible with His power. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s provision and power.
 

Right now you have all that you need to do a good work.

 
See 2 Corinthians 9:8. Too often we think we cannot do a good work for God because we do not have the right tools, the right skills, the proper talents. But we need to remember what Paul told the church at Corinth. Often, the “all we need” isn’t preloaded before the good work. For example, God didn’t have Parr Lumber deliver all the building materials to Nehemiah when the problem was presented to him. All he had was a burden and no supplies. But notice what God did as Nehemiah sought Him, trusted Him, and moved forward in His leading. God provided all that Nehemiah needed to complete the work.
 

The Lord began the good work in you and will be faithful to complete it through you.

 
See Philippians 1:3–6. Wherever you are in the process right now, God is with you. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He is empowering you. He will complete the good work through you!
 

Others will realize the Good Work was done with the help of the Lord.

 
See Nehemiah 6:15–16. When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard the wall has been built they were frightened and humiliated. They realized that this work had been done with the help of our God. Who will be influenced by your Good work? Who needs to see how the Lord had helped you in your good work? Keep doing the good work. Remember, it’s not just about you. It’s about the LORD and it’s about what others see Him do in your good work.
 

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The Making of a Good Work

 
The challenge you face reveals the calling you’ll embrace.
 
In other words, the thing that tends to upset you will often drive you into a ministry to make a difference in the lives of somebody else.
 
How do you do the work? How do you make a difference? Nehemiah shows us four steps in the making of a good work.
 

1) Seek God faithfully.

See Nehemiah 1:11; 2:1-5. Nehemiah was a man who’s walking intimately with God which allows him to just talk to God at any moment. I hope that you’ll pray both ways, that you’ll pray long and powerful prayers with God so that in the moment, you’re already close to God and you can send short prayers to God.
 
If prayer isn’t necessary for you to accomplish your vision, you aren’t thinking big enough. There’s nothing too big for God’s power and there’s nothing too small for God’s heart.
 

2) Define the vision clearly.

If you have a heart for something, you have a vision for something. For most people when it comes to the vision, the problem is not a lack of caring, it’s a lack of clarity. I want you to watch the crystal clear clarity of an ordinary man with a vision from God. See Nehemiah 2:5. One sentence. Absolute clarity. In a sentence, what is it that God is leading you to do? If you can’t define it, you won’t do it.
 

3) Make plans carefully.

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is get organized. See Nehemiah 2:6-8. What does he do? He asks for protection and he asks for provision. He is very, very clear. I need protection to travel and I need provision to build. He created a plan and said this is how I’m going to accomplish it. What’s a good plan? Do the next right thing. If we try to get all eventualities worked out, we would be overwhelmed. Simply do the next right thing that moves you toward the vision. Success is not in achieving some accomplishment out there in the future. Success is being faithful to do the right thing today. So what’s the next right thing for you?

 

4) Inspire people passionately.

See Nehemiah 2:17-18. Inspire the people around you to believe that God is for what we’re doing, that God is with us, He’ll never leave us, He’ll never forsake us, He’s empowering us, He’s going before us, He’s opening doors that we don’t have the power to open. He’s giving us favor with the hearts of people, our God is with us.
 
“Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.” — John Wesley
 

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