December 23: God Uses Normal People

Read Nehemiah 1:1-2:9

“I answered the king, ‘If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it.’” Nehemiah 2:5

Remember, our Jesse Tree celebration and journey is helping us to identify some of the key people and events that lead up to the coming of Jesus at Christmas. God had clearly indicated that Jesus would be part of the family tree of Jesse. Jesse was an Israelite descendant of Judah, Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham.

God’s plan was to allow Jesus to be born in the land He had promised His people. Unfortunately, God’s people didn’t always obey Him. As punishment, God allowed them to be taken as prisoners to another country for 70 years. Thankfully, they returned after those 70 years. But even though the people returned to their land and its capital city of Jerusalem, the city, its surrounding wall, and gates had been destroyed.

Nehemiah wasn’t a pastor or a professional servant of God, but he wanted to make sure that the walls were rebuilt. Rebuilding the walls was a way to protect the people and to demonstrate honor for God. God used Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem and lead the people in rebuilding. The Lord used Nehemiah to do something that was very important to Him.

Did you know that God can use you to do things that are very important to Him? Here is a quick list of things that He values:

  • Telling others about Jesus
  • Giving so that the needs of others are met
  • Praying for and encouraging someone who is down
  • Being happy with others who are happy
  • Worshiping Him

Questions and Activities:

  1. What is one thing you can do today that is important to God? How, when, and with whom will you do it?
  2. Who are some of the people in the family tree of Jesus?
  3. Cut out, color, and display today’s ornament.


About sbk

I am a follower of Jesus. I've been blessed with 33+ years of marriage to my best friend, Celeste. We have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, a daughter in high school, and two grandsons. I am part of an awesome family of God: Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio.
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