(Read 11:1-9 for context)
Give It All to God
INTRODUCTION: The people that came back with Nehemiah and the people that were there from the previous return groups have finished the wall of Jerusalem and the gates. In order for the nation of Israel to move forward as a nation that God would be pleased with, it required some sacrifice and giving on the part of the people. That is what is described here in these two chapters, the returning of the nation of God back to service of God. In these two chapters we find the people of God’s nation, giving in three different ways to please God. You should give to God in these three ways as well.
- GIVE GOD YOUR SERVICE (VS. 11:1-12:26)
- GIVE GOD YOUR PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING (VS. 12:27-42)
- GIVE GOD YOUR OFFERINGS (VS. 12:43-47)
CONCLUSION: Being a Christian is about giving of self. The idea that being a Christian is about what can be done for you is a worldly idea that has nothing to do with God. As a Christian you should give and sacrifice to provide service to God in your life. You should give and sacrifice to bring praise and thanksgiving to God in your life. You should give and sacrifice to bring your offerings to God.