Day 18 - May 29, 2019

Leap Together - “Alongside”
by Karen Plymell
Week 3: Leap Together

Read Nehemiah 3:9-12 Next to them Rephaiah son of Hur, ruler over half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs. After them Jedaiah son of Harumaph made repairs across from his house. Next to him Hattush the son of Hashabneiah made repairs. Malchijah son of Harim and Hasshub son of Pahath-moab made repairs to another section, as well as to the Tower of the Ovens. Beside him Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler over half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs—he and his daughters.

A varied group of individuals worked on this section of wall around Jerusalem, as well as the Tower of the Ovens. Two rulers, four men with no special distinction, and some women. Perhaps they were of different ages or social status. They undoubtedly brought different levels of skill and talent to their work. Despite the differences among this group, they worked beside each other. The common effort removed hierarchy, placing them on “level ground,” near each other.

What are the benefits of working “alongside” one another?

You offer and receive encouragement, strength, protection, help and assistance. You see each other’s progress. You notice others dedication. It’s bonding. Love and appreciation for one another grows.

Philippians 1:27 Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith that comes from the gospel, not being frightened in any way by your opponents.

From the isolation and loneliness of prison, Paul reminds the Philippians of the great privilege of unity and working together. If we are not careful, petty issues will cause us to drift apart and unravel our unity. The gospel is so important that we must overcome the threats to our unity. 

Your Leap:
Pray and get help with attitudes, habits, past hurts, or other barriers that are hindering your unity.

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