Nehemiah 11:1-2 – Leading Lives of Consistency Part 1
Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem. And the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem the holy city, while nine out of ten remained in the other towns. And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live in Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 11:1-2 ESV)
How do we lead lives of consistency as Christians in this busy, fast paced, ever changing world? To begin with, we live out this consistency exactly where God has placed us. We’re needed in our community as a church. There are people with real needs all around us. What if we sacrificed our lives on a daily basis; celebrating what God has done in us, by serving others and sharing the good news of Jesus? What if we intentionally stepped into our city and tried to make a difference? In Nehemiah 11, we see a people that, immediately after rededicating their lives to the Lord and renewing their covenant with Him in chapter 10, stayed consistent and began taking steps to fulfill their commitment by moving into Jerusalem. This wasn’t an easy or safe task, but one that showed their devotion to God, which they declared in the previous chapter. What we learn from this is that leading lives of consistency isn’t a one-time thing; not once a month, not weekly, but hourly and even second by second. We are called to sacrifice for God’s mission and to be an example (of Jesus) to others consistently. It is easy to say you want to be more constant with your walk with Jesus after a great night of worship, but it is another to live it out in your daily life. How consistent are you to the faith you profess? Can you make a change today that will help you live more consistently for Jesus?