Are You Able

I gave the responsibility of governing Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah, the commander of the fortress, for he was a faithful man who feared God more than most.

Nehemiah 7:2

There are certain people who will take care of a task if you give them one. You can consider it done. You don’t have to wonder about it. You don’t have to ask how it went. You know that person is dependable.
After Jerusalem’s walls had been rebuilt, Nehemiah appointed some people to take care of business: Hanani and Hananiah. Nehemiah knew he could lean on these two. He knew they would get the job done.
Everyone had a part in rebuilding the wall. Many people rebuilt the wall near their homes. They needed to keep Jerusalem’s wall secure, because if there was a breach in any part of the wall, it was penetrable. Everyone’s task was vital.
The same is true of the church. The greatest abilities are availability and dependability. Hananiah was a faithful man, the Bible points out, and he also feared God.
Are you available, are you dependable? God is looking for people who can take a task and complete it. He is looking for people who are faithful in the little things. We all have a role to play. Not all of us are called to be a Hanani or a Hananiah, but we all have a part to play as we find and use the gifts that God has given us in the church.
Do you want to be used by God? Would you like God to call you into some form of service in the future? That is a good thing to aspire to, but do what is in front of you now. Take care of the little things right now. If you’re faithful in the little things, then you will be faithful in the large things. But if you’re unfaithful in little things, then you won’t be faithful with greater responsibilities.

David Ball
Pastor