No Insignificant Job

January 13

As the saints called Oxford Baptists Church gathered tonight, we read Nehemiah 3. If one is not careful they can get tripped over the names and miss a certain someone that sticks out. Let me point you in the right direction and see if you see the significance: 


Next to them Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, goldsmiths, repaired. Next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers, repaired, and they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. (Nehemiah 3:8)

Of all the people to build a wall a goldsmith is respectable, but a perfumer? Such was the reaction when I read this with the gathered tonight. But I was quick to remember that in the kingdom of God, there are no insignificant jobs. I won’t ever forget Dr. Stanley teaching on sometime like this and talking about the man who puts a 9Volt battery in his wireless mic. That one little 9Volt battery takes the word of God all over the world! 

Never think yourself insignificant in what you do. We are told in Scripture that the earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1). This truth comes to bear in seeing our employment as a God honoring endeavor. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24). 

One other observation before we leave these names in this text. What kind of endeavor would get a bunch of people together to do something that they normally don’t do? Only by serving something greater than yourself can you find satisfaction no matter what you do. Serving God in Christ gives us the greatest endeavor of 1,000 lives. 

In 2010 I took a trip to Israel and saw a section of this wall that had been excavated. This wall still standing today. Not bad for a perfumer. 

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