by Kerry Shook

This content is part of a series.

Double Vision (2 of 3)
Series: The Power of Everyone
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Neh. 6:3,4 (NIV)

• Mark 10:45 (NLT)

Build A Life of Service

• Eph. 2:10 (NIV)

• Mark 8:35 (NLT)

Build A Life of Generosity

• 1 Chron. 29:14 (LB)

1. Giving is an Investment in Eternity


If you will open your programs, we're in a series that I'm calling The Power of Everyone, as we're looking at one of the greatest everyone moments in all of scripture. We've been looking at an obscure book in the Old Testament called Nehemiah. As we've seen, this guy, is a great leader. Nehemiah, as you know, was an Israelite. We talked about it last week. But he had risen to prominence in a foreign land. He was the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes in Persia. Now a cupbearer in that day was a great position to have. You were over all the king's security. He was one of the most trusted people in all the land, and yet he was a foreigner. And we remember from last week that his brother came to visit him and told him things weren't going so well in their hometown, Jerusalem. And he used one phrase to describe it. He said, "Nehemiah, it's not good. The walls are in ruin." And that's why we have these walls up here that are in rubble. Nehemiah knew exactly what that meant, and it just grabbed his heart because he knew that it meant that his friends, his relatives, his former neighbors were being terrorized every night by thieves and bandits that would go through right through the walls and come into their town of Jerusalem and steal and plunder and kill and ransack the city. So Nehemiah knew what he had to do. He prayed about it. He went to the king. He asked the king if he could take a leave of absence and leave his prominent and prestigious position to go back to his hometown to lead the rebuilding effort, and that's what he does. When he gets to Jerusalem, he finds the walls are in worse shape than he could have ever imagined. But, he also finds his life purpose - to lead the charge, to rebuild the walls, to make a difference for generations to come. And he rallies the troops. He gathers everyone in Jerusalem around him. It's an everyone kind of moment as he says, "Are you with me?" And they all say, "You bet, Nehemiah. We're with you all the way! It's a great task. It's a good work. We'll do it." So everyone begins the rebuilding process - young and old - people from all different walks of life and occupations - join in to put bricks and mortar together to rebuild this wall that's been completely devastated. Everything's going so great. Then all of a sudden opposition hits, and it hits strong. Two governors from enemy countries begin to criticize the rebuilding effort - begin to make fun of the people on the wall, saying, "You guys are just rank amateurs.
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