Alternate title: "How is Your House?"
Have you ever read a book of the bible and thought to yourself "I've never seen this passage before."? My reading in Haggai was one of those times. I sure hope I'm not the only one who has read through the bible numerous times but can say that. If so, I better just sign off now. :)
God is very concerned in Haggai chapter 1 about two things: 1) The condition of His house, and 2) The spiritual condition of His people. God's temple was lying in ruins while the people were only concerned with making their own homes as plush as possible (Haggai 1:4). Hear what God says about this:
Now therefore, thus says the LORD Of hosts: "Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages earns wages to put into a bag with holes."(Haggai 1:5-6)
Do you see any similarities to the world we live in? I know that I do. The things of this world do not satisfy, yet we continually strive for more of those things while neglecting God's "house" - our spiritual well-being. Material possessions aren't bad, exercise/fitness isn't bad, hobbies/activities (ours or our kids) aren't bad & recreational activities aren't bad in and of themselves. However, our society, especially in the Unites States where we have so much wealth, runs at such a fast and active pace that we are constantly challenged to find our time with God. Should we consider OUR ways?
Things I need to think about:
1) What are my priorities, really? What do my actions say that my priorities are?
2) Do my actions, and thus my priorities, line up with my life's mission? (NOTE: If you don't have a personal mission statement, it is very beneficial to help prioritize things)