When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I (Nehemiah) had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it—though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates— Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.” But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer. Nehemiah 6:1-4
These Biblical (& City Slicker) prophets both understood the value of focus!
Nehemiah had been given a clear calling from God to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem. He was divinely appointed for the mission … to accomplish in 52 days what others had been attempting/failing at for years.
Nehemiah wasn’t distracted from his God-given task, even by some rather compelling requests. Nehemiah maintained a clear focus on what God had called him to do, and he kept that focus until his task was complete.
Sometimes we get distracted by what’s good instead of pressing on for what’s best (Philippians 1:9-10)… when we need to be valuing the call God has given us, and see it as a great work — regardless of any result we see (or don’t see), and regardless of what others think.
Help me to remember that my call is a great work and that maybe “I can’t come down” until I receive a clear call from God that my mission is complete!