Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”

Nehemiah 2:4‭-‬5

This is the first Time Out Tuesday in a series exploring the "go" of our lives. You may wonder what you are to do with your life. How do you know what God wants you to do? How do you go about it? Do you have to wait for a voice from heaven to tell you to get going; or can you simply see a need- and ask to go?

Nehemiah asked to go. The Isrealites had been in captivity and the walls of Jerusalem torn down. The few people who were able to return home after escaping captivity were sitting ducks. A wall was a city's protection in those days. Without it, any enemy could come and ransack them easily. Nehemiah saw the devastation and dangerous situation his people were in. It very much upset him so that he mourned, fasted, and prayed for days; asking the Lord to give him favor in the king's eyes to go and help his people. The Lord did just that and provided everything he needed to complete his task. What had taken his people years to attempt, Nehemiah completed in 52 days (Nehemiah 6:15). He restored the walls and gates of Jerusalem and peace to the hearts of his people. Psalm 37:4 says that if we delight in God, He will give us the desire of our hearts. If something moves you, it very well could be a passion or interest God has given you. Following Nehemiah's example, spend time in prayer and fasting. Research the logistics of your dream, get counsel from trusted mentors. And when the time is right, go!

Nehemiah encountered some opposition in the process from his enemies, but he sought the Lord, used wisdom, and kept on building until he was finished. As you begin to walk out your journey, passion, project, schooling, new job, family, ministry (get the point?), you may encounter set backs, opposition, doubters, etc. Don't let them stop you. Seek the Lord first (Matthew 6:33.) God will give you favor, wisdom, and provision, just as He gave Nehemiah. Get ready, get set.. Go!

P.s. You should study the book of Nehemiah using the Through The Word app. It's a great story.

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For when one says, I belong to Paul, and another, I belong to Apollos, are you not [proving yourselves] ordinary (unchanged) men? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Ministering servants [not heads of parties] through whom you believed, even as the Lord appointed to each his task:

1 Corinthians 3:4‭-‬5

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

1 Corinthians 3:11

This chapter is mostly correction from Paul for the Corinthians. They divided themselves into groups following either the ministry of Paul or Apollos. He instructs them that he and Apollos are different players on the same team- a team that shares the gospel of Christ. Using the example of gardners, he states that both the person who plants and the person who waters play an important role in the cultivating process. Without planting, there would be nothing to water; and without watering, there would be no harvest.

There are two points I'd like to draw from this illustration. The first is no person's work for the kingdom of God is less important than another's. Just like Paul and Apollos, we work in conjunction with each other for a common purpose- to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to those around us. You may share God's love with someone, and they come to church. If someone else leads them in the prayer of salvation, it's obvious that you both played a huge and neccessary role in the salvation of that one person. This is just one of many examples I could share.

The second point I'd like to touch on is that we should always ensure that the foundation of our faith is not in any human, but in Christ. Part of the Corinthians problem was that they were solely following one leader and rejecting the teaching of another. The correct approach would have been to learn from both, applying the godly principles and teaching of Paul and Apollos to their relationship with Jesus. When we go to church or bible studies, we should be careful not to put anyone in foundational spot of Christ. We do not glorify the person in the place of God because they're a great teacher or leader; we recognize the authority given to them by God and learn from them. The core desire of those in our ministry team is not for attention on ourselves, but to spur our family of believers on in their pursuit of God. Everyone's work is important and everyone's goal is the same- to bring glory to God. Questions? Comments? Post them in the chat below!

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“You must bake twelve flat loaves of bread from choice flour, using four quarts of flour for each loaf. Place the bread before the Lord on the pure gold table, and arrange the loaves in two stacks, with six loaves in each stack. Put some pure frankincense near each stack to serve as a representative offering, a special gift presented to the Lord.

Leviticus 24:5‭-‬7 NLT

The instructions in this verse told the Isrealites how to make the Showbread, also called the Bread of the Presence. Showbread means bread of the face. It was a representation of Gods presence with the Israelites. Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice for us, calling himself the bread of life. Although the showbread was a metaphor of God with us, Jesus's sacrifice enabled the Holy Spirit to be with us always and allowed us as sinners to now enter into a new covenant relationship with God. The way the bread was prepared showed what kind of relationship he wants with us.

• The bread was made from fine flour and placed on a pure gold table. God provides only the best for us and asks for the same in return from us.

• The bread was baked fresh every sabbath. He wants a continuous, fresh relationship with us. To get to know someone, you need to spend time with them. God desires time with us. He wants to show us new things- fresh revelation of who He is.

• The bread was eaten by the priests. He provided for them as they worshipped him. He provides for us too.

• The bread wasn't just thrown on the plate, but they took the time to lay it out in an orderly fashion. It was done intentionally. He intentionally pursues us and has detailed plans for our lives. We were not created and then thrown out on our own. We too can be intentional with him by making our relationship with him the number one priority in our lives. When we do that, our lives are correctly balanced.

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