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The Work of My Wall: Part III

by Joanna Pierce on May 25, 2017

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. Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work (Nehemiah 2:17–18, KJV).

Recap

Last week, we continued our discussion on additional ways to build our spiritual walls. This week, we end with the last two aspects of this effort.

9 Ways to Build Our Spiritual Walls

There are 9 ways to build our spiritual walls. Last week, we discussed discipleship, strong families, fellowship, and worship.

8—Personal Servanthood

God did not save us just to sit. We are saved to serve in His Kingdom and to complete good works (Ephesians 2:10). Our spiritual walk is dictated by our faith, and our faith in action will bring us to a place of servanthood (James 2:22). Jesus embodied the form of a servant, and we need to follow in His footsteps. We should have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5)! When we serve in God’s Kingdom, we realize it’s Him we’re ultimately serving, not anyone else. When servanthood doesn’t build our spiritual wall, our focus is not on Jesus Christ.

Jesus taught and expects us to serve in His Kingdom (Matthew 20:25–28; 25:14). The Kingdom is not ours, but if we pour into it, God will pour into us. We can’t be full of God’s Spirit and not do anything with it. The Apostles set out to seek 7 men, full of the Holy Ghost, to help minister to the church (Acts 6:1–3). Because they had the Holy Ghost, they knew there was a place they could serve in the Kingdom, and they did it! We don’t always need someone to come to us to help serve. God will give us the ability to recognize a need, and fill a gap.

9—Evangelism

Evangelism is one of the strongest ways to reinforce our faith and to help build our spiritual wall. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost in this world (Luke 19:10), and we are called to do the same. God has intentionally placed each of us in an environment for us to be the most effective in our witness. There are people we can reach successfully that no one else can. We must evangelize!

Evangelism reaffirms what we believe because we’re constantly in the Word of God. Repetition of the Word will help to secure it in our own hearts and remind us of what God has promised (II Peter 1:13). It also helps to revalidate our experience in God because we know God is still pouring out His Spirit on people and changing lives. He is longsuffering so that no one will perish (II Peter 3:9).

We are all commissioned to go into the world and preach the Gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). One of the most effective ways to evangelize and disciple will be to the people we are close to—our family and friends. When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, she was so impacted by her encounter with Jesus, she went off to tell everyone she knew (John 4:29). It was because of her witness people believed (John 4:39). We need to spend time with people around us that don’t know Jesus; people that aren’t like us, and befriend them. We will be sustained and nourished doing the work of our Father (John 4:34). It’s time to get out into that harvest and build our spiritual wall.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on May 24, 2017 with Pastor Nave