Most Christians in America live unintegrated lives. Meaning, we have our work, our family, our faith, our community and none of them interact. They are distinct from the other. Inevitably what happens is that one part of our life gets broken (maybe a divorce) and it absolutely affects the other parts, but since we are living unintegrated lives the other parts are not strong enough to help you through the brokenness let alone help you rebuild that area of brokenness.
Peter writes, “And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.” (1 Peter 2:5 NLT)
We are all in a rebuilding process and our hope through this series on Nehemiah we are launching this weekend, will give you the tools to reintegrate your life and community, thereby bringing health to areas of brokenness personally and to our cities. Nehemiah is a great narrative of this kind of rebuilding process.
Here’s the question: do you care? Have you become so calloused to the way life is, that you are now resigned to believe that this is the way it will always be? What if there was a way to have a better life, a more whole life? Would you be willing to go through a lengthy and not always easy process of restoration? And it matters. It matters a lot. Our nation is so divided right now and I believe that is one of the clearest signs that we are divided within ourselves as well. It matters that we get whole. It matters that we see ourselves as living stones that God is building up.
This weekend I want us to look at the rubble around us and in us, and allow the Holy Spirit (our Nehemiah) to break us so he can start rebuilding us.
Don’t miss this series at Westside. It has the potential of creating strength in your life, in your family, in your workplaces, in your schools, in our cities.