The world is in a moral disaster. Is there a better description of our society than the recurring phrase from the book of Judges? “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes.”
“They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents.” Romans 1:29-30
What is a Christian to do to stop such evil from devastating all of society?
“Let them burn.”
“Retreat from society. Take care of your own.”
“Always be witnessing – only use words when necessary.”
“Be a kind human.”
Nehemiah faced an overwhelming challenge when he set to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The whole city and its walls were in shambles. He had enemies ridiculing and threatening them. His fellow Israelites were at times afraid and discouraged. How did the wall get rebuilt?
“Above the Horse Gate, the priests made repairs, each in front of his own house.” Neh 3:28
Throughout chapter 3, it is stated frequently that certain individuals or groups build the wall in front of their own house. No one tried to build the entire wall by themselves or quit in frustration because they couldn’t. They each focused on the task given to them by the Lord right in front of their dwelling place. They did not wait for others to do it – and certainly the priests, goldsmiths, merchants and temple servants could have thought themselves overqualified or underqualified for such a task. But each one applied himself to the task in his own domain.
This is how we change our society and change our world with the blessed message of the Gospel. We must apply ourselves to the opportunities God gives us in our sphere of influence – “each in front of his house.” God may not ask you to reach the world with His Gospel, but He does want you to reach your community with His Gospel.
Maybe you don’t consider yourself an ardent evangelist – like the priests didn’t consider themselves wall-builders or masons. Can you lead a horse with a mounted child at Gospel Rocks Ranch? Can you commit to daily prayer for the building and starting of this vital ministry? Can you contribute financially to get the ministry off the ground?
We at Gospel Rocks Ranch (including you if you are reading this) want to see all the children of central Texas reached with the Gospel of Christ and discipled for a lifetime of fellowship and obedience to Christ. We may not be able to reach the whole world with the Gospel, but we commit to building the spiritual wall in our own community rock by rock, child by child, and soul by soul.
We will bring children to Christ.
Build this wall with us.