Unify to Fortify

And next unto them repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem. And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son of Harumaph, even over against his house. And next unto him repaired Hattush the son of Hashabniah. Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahathmoab, repaired the other piece, and the tower of the furnaces. And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters. – Nehemiah 3:9-12

imageThese four verse teach us two very important lessons about our active involvement in church.

First of all, we see that this portion of Jerusalem was actually ruled by two different tribes. For the safety of each, the tribes had to come together in unity to rebuild this area of the wall. Everyone in church has different backgrounds and abilities. The Lord blesses each of His children in different ways intending them to work together for His glory and the edification of the body of Christ which is the church.

From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. – Ephesians 4:16

What gives the body its true strength is not each individual part. It is the joints coordinating all the parts that produce unified power. And so it is with the church. No individual is more important than another. It is the interpersonal relationships bringing gifts together that make a strong church.

Secondly, we can see that many of the families working on the wall had homes that were actually part of the wall or very close to it. As they worked to fortify the city, they were also protecting their own homes. The key to having a strong home and family is exactly the same. When we focus our family into church life, we build up our church and strengthen our families at the same time.

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. – Deuteronomy 6:7

History has shown throughout all generations that the vitality of the church depends on the strength of family devotion. Also, time has has proven that stedfast and loving families are best nurtured by a deep devotion to the Lord in public worship. The church and family have a wondrous symbiotic relationship where they feed and empower one another, just as God designed it!

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