A Man Who Cared (Nehemiah 13; Acts 23)

“Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God and for His service,”  Nehemiah 13:14

Recently I watched an interview with a 10-year-old girl who had saved the life of her classmate who was choking to-death.  When she was asked, “Why did you help?”  She responded, “He is my friend, I had to do something.”

Question, “How many of us, who read this blog, are really friends of God?”  Now we know that our friendship is granted by Jesus (John 15:10-15).  We were born as rebels who were against God.  But when the kindness of our Lord appeared.  We were made right with God through the blood of His Son (Col. 2:14).

Those who are truly friends of God have a deep abiding desire to care about the things God cares about.  We see this in the life of Nehemiah in chapter 13.  There are 6 reforms made by Nehemiah.  Each of these reforms reflect on this fact, “Nehemiah is a man who cared about what God cares about!”

Think it through:

1.  Nehemiah sought the purity of his people, Vs: 1-4

2. Nehemiah sought the purity of God’s house, Vs: 5-9

3.  Nehemiah sought the care of God’s leaders, Vs: 10-14

4.  Nehemiah sought the observance of the Lord’s day, Vs: 15-23

5.  Nehemiah sought purity in marriage, Vs: 24-28

6. Nehemiah sought purity in God’s leaders, Vs: 29-30

At the end of the book we read these words, “Remember me, O my God, for good.”

Our response:

You and I must care about the things God cares about.  If we really care we will take action and this action will be remembered when we stand before God.  Maybe you are struggling with a decision about one of the issues that Nehemiah struggled with or maybe it is another issue?  Be assured God is calling you to do something because you care!

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