But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of part of Bethhaccerem; he built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof. – Nehemiah 3:14
The area of the dung gate was as nasty as it sounds. It was the portal used for all sorts of refuse and trash to be dumped outside the city. It was not exactly the most coveted portion of the wall to rebuild.
Moreover, if these people were Rechabites mentioned in Jeremiah chapter 35, they weren’t even allowed to build themselves permanent personal houses. They were sentenced to live in tents on the outside of the city. But they were faithful. Even though they were not going to be able to enjoy the comfort and security of the city, they knew they had a part in its rebuilding. They were more concerned about wellbeing of the city than they were of themselves.
What an amazing example for us! Not only did these folks have the nastiest place to repair, they were not even going to benefit much from the reconstruction! The glory of God and the edification of His church should be the focus of our efforts. We should not work for what we will get out of it, but for the benefit of others. Also, no job is beneath us! We should be like the prodigal son:
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. – Luke 15:18-19
We have no righteousness to stand on or glory to claim as ours. It is by God’s grace that we have any part in the kingdom. Our humility gives God all the glory. Let us rejoice in God’s glory, not our own.