Beyond the Weekend

November 2 | In Front of You

November 2, 2023


Above the Horse Gate, the priests made repairs, each in front of his own house. Next to them, Zadok son of Immer made repairs opposite his house. Next to him, Shemaiah son of Shekaniah, the guard at the East Gate, made repairs. Nehemiah 3:28-29

Read: Nehemiah 3:28-30
Listen: Nehemiah 3


Some in Jerusalem do not need to look far to see the work that needs to be done. It is right out their front door! The significant work for them is right in front of them. No need to walk to the opposite side of the city. Just open the door and get to work. They know how important this part of the rebuild is. It is essential work but may not have gotten done if they didn’t do it. It is right in front of them.

In our efforts to make our lives matter, we don’t always consider the opportunity right in front of us. We might not recognize it or think it’s significant. This can include the neighbors who need their driveway cleared this winter or the impromptu grocery aisle conversation with a friend facing a struggle. It also includes the everyday work of raising children. Many of the people we see each day—co-workers, classmates, teammates and others—are probably involved in a rebuild of some sort and could use our help. We can ask God to open our eyes to see those around us, and where he desires we step in and come alongside to serve them.


Consider who is right in front of you and ask God to show you what you might do to help. If this is work you’re already doing, ask God to give you the strength to continue and see the work through to completion. “God, open my eyes today to the people around me. Help me see and love them as you do. Show me any places you are inviting me to step in and serve. Give me the courage and strength to follow your lead. Amen.”


Join us all of 2023 developing a different spiritual practice each month. SPIRITUAL PRACTICES are intentional regular activities to deepen our relationship with God and mold us to be more like Jesus.

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