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|Nehemiah 11:1-2; Nehemiah 7:1-2; Nehemiah 11:1; Matthew 20:25-28; Nehemiah 11:2; 1 Corinthians 15:57-58||
Known To God
Who is your favorite character in the Bible? “Mephibosheth” or “Onesiphorus” or “Habakkuk”
1. There are those who are drafted
They didn't feel safe in Jerusalem. For years the walls had been down & the city open to enemies. During these years the people had built new homes & towns outside of Jerusalem. They have planted their roots in the soil elsewhere & they simply comfortable with where they are.
Only when Jerusalem was strong & secure once again could they in their little towns feel strong & secure again. But who would want to leave their homes to start all over again in the city? They cast lots, & every 10th family was drafted.
How would you like to be drafted? Seem like no choice. Not what you want but was pick. Usually how would be the feeling & reaction?
2. There are those who volunteer
Volunteering requires effort, time, sacrifice, money etc. Not common yet we need them. Doing not because you have to but you want to.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58
Realize that, while our ministries, our service for God, may not be greeted with thundering applause from the multitudes. Also remember - our rewards are not dependent upon the applause, either, but rather upon our faithfulness & our willingness to serve.
God never forgets that which we do for Him - they are not unnoticed.