Walls divided. That’s the reason they’re built. The Great Wall of China was built to keep back marauding tribes. That remarkable line of defense once snaked for 4,000 miles across Asia, and much of still stands. In contrast, the Berlin Wall kept people in instead of out. Its destruction in 1989 brought people together in a joyous celebration.

Centuries ago, the reconstruction of another wall served to bring people together. God had told Nehemiah to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. It was essential for protection but had been demolished during the Babylonian invasion. But the enemies of the Jews opposed the reconstruction project and looked for ways to sabotage their efforts. While half of the men worked, the others stood guard to protect them.

In addition to providing protection, this wall was demonstration of teamwork and unit. All the team members brought their talents and skills, blending them together to accomplish far more that they could have achieved as individuals.

God builds his church with different stones

And makes each one belong

All shapes and sizes fit in place

To make the structure strong

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress

Working together is success.


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