Nehemiah 4:6 & 6:15, 16 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. . . So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.
A couple of things stand out about the book of Nehemiah. Back in Persia, he heard about those who went back to Jerusalem. He was told, "Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire." When he heard this he wept, prayed, and then fasted several days concerning the matter. Nehemiah was the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes. When he served the King, the King noticed his sorrow. When asked the reason, Nehemiah shared his burden, and the King allowed him to return to Jerusalem with provision to remedy the trouble. When Nehemiah arrived, he secretly surveyed the situation, and then with all his provision and his knowledge of the situation, he led the people in repairing the wall. There was much prayer and care that went into his response.
The greatest thing I notice is that all the people worked together, even in the face of opposition, to get the work done. Each of the people worked on the section of the wall and the gates that were near their dwellings. All the people gave to the work. And when the work was done, they all gathered to hear the Book of the Law read by Ezra. As they heard, their hearts were pricked and they began to weep. but Nehemiah, Ezra, and the Levites said to them, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." They celebrated together and then celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles. The people confessed their sins together and they agreed to serve the Lord. They each committed to give to the house of the Lord, to provide wood for the altar, to bring their firstfruits and tithes to fill the storerooms for provision for the priests and Levites.
In the New Testament, all believers are seen as a part of the Body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12 speaks of one body with many parts. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. . . Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And Ephesians 4 speaks of this unity in the Body of Christ, as well. From him [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. What is your part? Be faithful.