So Nehemiah, the governor of the territory, came up with the fairest solution he could think up―“the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of every ten to live in Jerusalem” (Nehemiah 11:1). If no one would volunteer, people would have to be drafted to leave their lands and move into the city.
Although this seemed fair, no one was happy about this.
But check out the very next verse―“The people commended all the men who volunteered to live in Jerusalem” (v. 2).
The Amplified Bible says, “The people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live in Jerusalem.”
And The Message says, “The people applauded those who voluntarily offered to live in Jerusalem.”
Commendation, blessing and applause are reserved for those who volunteer … for those who choose for themselves, and don’t wait around for someone else to choose for them.
Here’s a good way to live: Be the one who chooses. Don’t do it for the applause, but the blessing and the commendation will follow your choice.