Getting the Job Done
August 2, 2015 Speaker: Jeff Bedwell Series: Get-R-Done: Walking with God; Accomplishing His Will
Passage: Nehemiah 6:1–6:19
Getting the Job Done
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Occasionally in the midst of busyness and activity we need to ask, “Did anything actually get done?” “Did we actually accomplish what we set out to accomplish?”
In Order To Get the Job Done We Must…
1. Keep working in spite of Distractions (1-4)
When it comes to handling distractions, Discernment is needed. What seems to be “harmless” can often be harmful to us and detrimental to the work that God has called us to.
Good Things can keep us from experiencing God’s Best Things
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!
2. Keep working in spite of Defamation (5-7)
Criticism and even personal attacks are going to be part of the experience of anyone who is serious about walking with God and accomplishing His will!
“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” (2 Timothy 3:12)
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” (Matthew 5:11)
Notice Nehemiah’s Response (8-9):
- He discerned their Motivation (9a)
- He denied the Accusation (8)
- He Prayed (9b)
“If we take care of our character, we can trust God to take of our reputation.”
3. Keep working in spite of Danger (10-14)
- Some people who say they are speaking for God aren’t
- Never disobey God out of Fear (13)
The Result: Mission Accomplished! (15-16)
- The work would not have been accomplished without the power and presence of God
- God chose to work through the efforts and labors of Nehemiah
- God’s work does not make our efforts Unnecessary but rather makes them Effective
“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)
Four Qualities of Those Who Get the Job Done
1. They have a Compelling Purpose (3)
Great lives are produced by a commitment to a Great Cause
A Great Commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission
What are you exchanging your life for?
2. They have a Clear Perspective (9, 12)
Fear will cloud our perspective
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)
3. They are in Continual Prayer (9b)
When the pressure is on we will either Pray or Panic
“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1)
4. They have a Courageous Persistence (15)
“Many of lives failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
Questions for Reflection:
- What is the “Great Work” that God has called you to?
- Will you persistently and dependently work and pray all the way through till completion?