"And they said, 'Let us rise up and build.' So they strengthened their hands for the good work. (Nehemiah 2:18)
Something extra ordinary takes place when a group of people unite under a godly vision.
1. The people responded positively to their leader.
2. The people took responsibility for the work. ("let us rise up...")
3. The people worked together. (Nehemiah 3) The work was divided up by the 10 various gates, each assigned to certain leaders.
A. The Sheep Gate (3:1-2)
B. The Fish Gate (3:3-5)
C. The Old City Gate (3:6-12)
D. The Valley Gate (3:13)
E. The Dung Gate (3:14)
F. The Fountain Gate (3:15-25)
G. The Water Gate (3:25-27)
H. The Horse Gate (3:28)
I. The East Gate (3:29-30)
J. The Inspection Gate (3:31-32)
(Willmington, H. L.: The Outline Bible)
4. The people worked tirelessly (Nehemiah 4:14)
5. The people organized themselves for the task.
Extrodinary things happen when a group of people are united under a common vision. They do things like win Olympic gold medals. They overturn unjust governments. They overcome disasters. They list goes on and on. What's more, when people are united under a godly vision, they stand to accomplish even more.
My friend, Bob Huffaker, would often say to me, "Tell me your dreams, and I will predict your future."