Missiology Through Scripture – Nehemiah 2:5

“And I said to the king, ‘If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ graves, that I may rebuild it.’” – Nehemiah 2:5

Scripture is very clear that disciples of Christ receive power from the Holy Spirit (Luk 4:14, 24:49; Acts 1:8, 10:38; 1 Thes 1:5). We receive that power so can bring God glory and accomplish his will on this earth. When we seek resources and blessing, we do so, not to benefit ourselves, but so we can use those blessings to advance God’s kingdom. If we seek to advance the kingdom of the Lord, we are to seek his guidance. God will never deprive his resources for those servants who wish to serve him.

Nehemiah goes before King Artaxerxes with a request to be sent to Jerusalem. This would include repairing the walls, the infrastructure, and the House of God. Without any debate the king agreed to send his servant for the good of God’s elect. In the following verses Nehemiah also requested the protection and full authorization of the king as well as being supplied by the kingdom to fulfill the work. Roy Gingrich said, “We as Christians should make the same threefold request of our king, King Jesus, to commission us, to protect us, and to supply us.”[1] Our Father is more inclined and more capable to enable us to serve him than any earthly king.

Every disciple of Christ should go before the King, as did Nehemiah, “If it pleases you Lord, send me.” Not all of us are called to go, but all should avail ourselves to God’s will for our lives. When we willingly come before the Lord and say, “send me,” we should never doubt our Father will provide all the resources we need to expand his kingdom and bring him glory. If you desire to expand the Lord’s kingdom your Father will be faithful to your work. When Nehemiah asked Artaxerxes for the resources to expand his kingdom he was not disappointed. How much more will Jesus Christ provide for his faithful servants?

 

[1] Roy E. Gingrich, The Book of Nehemiah (Memphis, TN: Riverside Printing, 1999), 10.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.
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