“Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work. Nehemiah 2:18
Ideas are cheap.
It takes no effort to catalog what needs to be done.
There is no boldness in stating the obvious.
No personal risk is involved.
But to “set your hands” is totally different.
It means committing to work. It is exhausting.
Entering into people’s lives is a messy business.
You get your hands dirty. You get hurt.
Often you’d like to quit.
But when you set your hands is when you are Christ-like.
He didn’t call us to talk about what needs to be done.
Or shake our heads and wring our hands.
He didn’t call us to endless planning.
He called us to work. To set our hands.
He called us to imitate Him.