When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted and prayed to the God of heaven. (Nehemiah 1:4 NLT)
One thing I admire about Nehemiah is his consuming passion for the people of Israel who were under extreme distress. They were in danger from neighboring enemies because of the broken down walls and gates surrounding the city. If something wasn't done, the work on the temple would come to a screeching halt.
Nehemiah's consuming passion was to get the walls and gates rebuilt. He prayed and made plans to execute his heart's desires. The biblical text reveals that Nehemiah's desires were in line with God's desires. That is a sure fire recipe for success.
What is your passion? Everyone has one, you know. Is it to gain fame and fortune, business success, sports, or is it to reach your neighborhood, help someone overcome some worldly addictios, and those you meet in the marketplace with the gospel of Christ?
Jesus said, "You will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere -- in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
Wherever you live is your Jerusalem!