Today we celebrate the important role played by work in the society. Labour day is a day for workers to not only celebrate but reflect on their contribution in nation building. Perhaps one of the greatest work stories that we have is found in the scriptural book of Nehemiah. This is a time when people at their weakest came together to rebuild the destroyed wall of their city and did so in record time. A closer look at the story would reveal why the rebuilding project was such a success; everyone participated and build sections where they had the greatest interests. Nehemiah and his people were selfish in the rebuilding concentrating their effort where it mattered most. For most people, the rebuilding work concentrated on the area in-front, opposite or near their houses. The section assigned each individual was where their interests mattered most. Even the priests were assigned the sheep gate where the animals for sacrifice used to come through. The worst tragedy in life is to work somewhere the whole of your life in an assignment that leaves your immediate interests exposed. We have families that have been torn apart by work, health that has been compromised by work and great dreams that have been cut off by immediate pursuits. We’ve got like Nehemiah and his people to be selfish with our work. We must make it our goal not just to win the battle of work while losing the ultimate war. God’s blessings makes rich and adds no sorrow and that includes our work that must give us time with our families and promotes our long term interests. Where are you almost sacrificing your family in the altar of the work you do? What work is becoming more of a threat than a blessing to your long term interests? Work is a gift from God that must compliments all the other areas of our life. Like Nehemiah and his people let’s work where our interests are most protected!
“Above the Horse Gate, the priests made repairs, each in front of his own house. Next to them, Zadok son of Immer made repairs opposite his house. Next to him, Shemaiah son of Shekaniah, the guard at the East Gate, made repairs.” Nehemiah 3:28-29 NIV
Last modified: May 1, 2020