Making Big Decisions
Monday, January 21, 2019
“Now the leaders of the people dwelt at Jerusalem; the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to dwell in Jerusalem, the holy city, and nine-tenths were to dwell in other cities. And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.” –Nehemiah 11:1-2 (NKJV)
vv. 1-2 Those who take care of the outward concerns of the church, common service in connection with it, are as necessary in their place as those who take care of the inward concerns, giving themselves entirely to the ministry of the Word and prayer. So, we are to appreciate all work of the Church and the sacrifice each makes to work from where they live and service rendered.
Some people when deciding where to live and work, they base the decision on where they believe God wants them to develop or serve ministry and be of help in building up the body of Christ. As a Christian, the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. Not just my money belongs to the Lord but also my profession and gifts, so that they can be used in the body of Christ. God surely knows better than me where I should live and work so that I will fit His plans for the building of His kingdom! Only God can balance all the variables in a way that works best for His purposes.
Pray to God about decisions you may be making about where to live, and pray for guidance about all future decisions that you will to make.
1. Does it seem strange to you that God is even interested in where you live?
2. What factors do you consider in determining where you live? (Consider occupation, salary, school, church, ministry, family, and so on.)