Isaiah 42: 2
He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
The first few verses of this chapter speaks about Jesus and His character. In the above verse, we read about how His style of ministry work will be. There is no pomp, no show, no extra stuff. When we read through the Gospels, we can see the way He conducted his ministry remained true to the prophesies spoken from prophets years ago.
He never had to cry out or raise His volume. There was power in His words, in the serenity of His ministry. There were healings, miracles manifold, demons were cast out, people were freed from the bondage of their sins. Yet, Jesus never needed to advertise Himself for people to gather around Him. Wherever He went, crowds flocked together to hear from Him.
Today, we see if there is any convention or program taking place, it is advertised umpteen times on the TV or on flyers. Even then, only few people may even attend the program. Let’s learn from JESUS. He didn’t need to advertise Himself, He didn’t need His disciples to give any special intro for Him. He did the work appointed to Him from God. He didn’t care about gaining any attention to Himself. His work was to point the right way to the lost crowd.
Are we trying to seek attention for ourselves when we do the Lord’s work? Do we crave for the recognition of our peers and superiors when we have done a seemingly good job at our church? God alone deserves all glory and take heart that your reward is in heaven. If there is reward even for giving water in His name (Mathew 10: 42), you can be assured that He will not forget.
So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
As we know, Nehemiah together with the children of Israel set about to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. For those not familiar with the story of Nehemiah, when the walls of Jerusalem were in ruins, through the inspiration from the Holy Spirit, he set about to build it up. Nehemiah 4:6 states that the entire wall was joined up to half its height because “the people had a mind to work”. The building up of the wall took place fast because the people were united in their outlook toward their goal of building the wall.
There must have been hundreds of people. Even among them, there were people from different tribes, families, etc. Yet, when it came to this particular task, their hearts were united and hence they worked in harmony. God needs this type of unity and harmony from His children. Today, we see and hear of fellowships dissolving and having problems because the much required unity of the Spirit is not among them. We praise and worship the same God and yet are often quick to judge and complain on different matters pertaining to the church.
The Church is His house.
We are children of the most High and members of the Church. Unless there is unity among His children, we cannot expect a spiritual growth to take place neither in our individual life nor in the church. Let us learn to love our fellow brothers and sisters. Forgive those who need to be forgiven, help those who are in need, deal with our fellow church members with patience and love, etc. Where the love of God flows, peace is sure to reign and we will be bound by the unity of the Spirit.