So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” – Nehemiah 6:3
Where do you work?
Many of my days are spent either traveling or in meetings (somewhere in the world). When I am blessed to be home, I am working from my home office (virtual organization is a blessing). Everyone’s “workday” is a bit different.
Nehemiah’s days (when in Jerusalem) were spent providing oversight to the reconstruction of the wall that surrounded the city … indeed, a city literally set on a hill. You might say that he was in a very important position with a lot of authority. While I don’t know how “high up” you are where you labor (position or place), those of us who follow Christ possess an “elevated” position in whatever we do and each day face multiple opportunities to step “down” or away from God’s best. Honoring God with our vocation (whatever that vocation happens to be) is great work and when we leave it … when we go down … to mix-it-up with worldly notions and ideas that run counter to God’s best it is always a mistake.
No matter what you do, if you do it for the Lord it is great work. Don’t go down.
Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, content, and a hundred other virtues which the idle never know. – Charles Kingsley