I never, ever, want to be a “blemish” on what is otherwise a beautiful, noble act!

A blemish… Something that mars and detracts from what is otherwise beautiful. It can appear in an object of exquisite art, somewhere on a wonderful piece of craftsmanship, it can draw your attention away from an otherwise beautiful face or personality, or a blemish can cause you to fail to appreciate a marvelous, selfless act… an ugly blemish!
This morning during “coffee with the Lord” I read about one…
Nehemiah, had been sent by Artaxerxes, the king of Babylon, to Jerusalem with provision and documents authorizing him to rebuild Jerusalem after the exile had ended. The city was in a terrible state of disrepair! Nehemiah, exercising anointed leadership, challenged the exiles to begin rebuilding the walls. The Bible says, the people accepted the challenge and said, “’Let us rise up and build!’ So they strengthened their hands for the good work!” (Nehemiah 2:18)
And then what follows in chapter 3 of Nehemiah, is one of the most beautiful passages in Scripture, filled with one phrase after another like this: “Then Eliashib, the high priest, rose up with his brothers, the priests, and they built… And next to him the men of Jericho built, and next to them Zaccur the sons of Imri built, …And next the them someone else repaired; and next to them another built; and …. repaired… and then someone else repaired…” One after another… wonderful people are listed who accepted Nehemiah’s challenge and gave themselves to repairing and rebuilding Jerusalem’s gates after the disastrous exile – a whole chapter of wonderful names of those who got involved…
But right in the middle of that chapter… “the blemish!” in what was an otherwise beautiful expression of selfless cooperation! An ugly mar and stain on what should have been an exemplary model of leadership… The Bible records, “And next to them the Tekoites repaired, BUT THEIR ‘NOBLES’ (their leaders) WOULD NOT STOOP TO SERVE THE LORD!” (Nehemiah 3:5 ESV)
Listen to me! I never, never, never, want to be guilty of being ‘the blemish” on otherwise acts of selfless service! Either by criticism, laziness, undermining the effort, or just plain old non-participation! God help me to embrace noble efforts, throw my heart into the work, give my best effort and allow my words to encourage and uplift what is honorable and right … and always, always, always, to support what pleases God with my prayers and finances. That’s what “nobles” (leaders) ought to do!

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