“Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.”

Nehemiah 4:17

We live in days when people are focused on working for themselves; God is calling us to work for Him with passion, prayer and power. Whatever you do, do it with all your heart.

It was said that during the American Revolution, ordinary citizens banded together to form an effective army called the minutemen. They were farmers and merchants and bankers and blacksmiths. When they heard of trouble, they would drop their work, grab their muskets, and head into battle.

No rummaging through the attic looking for that powder horn. No searching the shed for wad- ding and shot. No stopping to clean their guns. They were ready in a minute. The workmen of Nehemiah’s day held their tools in one hand and their swords in the other. Even as they worked, they were ready for conflict.

We need to be God’s minutemen; we should be prepared for action. It may be an opportunity to witness or to encourage a fellow believer facing fierce temptation. Someone in the work- place may be attacking the cause of Christ. Are we ready?

We shouldn’t have to revive our prayer life or take care of unresolved issues with God. No hunting for dusty Bibles. No forgiveness to seek or offer. No last minute confession of sin. If He calls, are you one of God’s minutemen? In God’s service, our greatest ability is our availability.

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