Uncompleted Spiritual Structures | Haggai 1:1-11
Haggai 1:1-11 In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest: This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.’” Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”
When we were in Panama we drove through many neighborhoods with unfinished houses. People there build as the resources become available. Some houses were half finished with families living as best they could in the "completed" quarters. Other structures had been started, but from the looks of them had been abandoned. Great intentions...unfinished work. Many Christians live with uncompleted spiritual structures. Great intentions...unfinished work. That's what's going on in Haggai.
In 538 BC, Cyrus, the king of Persia, allowed 50,000 Jews to return to Jerusalem in order to rebuild the temple. Led by Zerubbabel, the foundation of the temple was completed in about two years. But opposition arose (surprise!?) and the Jews shut done the work. And the work remained on hold for the next 18 years! Honestiy, the Jews were more to blame than their opponents. So in 520 BC, God sent Haggai and Zechariah to arouse them from their fear and lethargy.
Any uncompleted spiritual structures in your life? I'm no Haggai or Zechariah, but here's the deal. Get up off your rear end and get to work. When God's wants the temple rebuilt, he's not satisfied with just the foundation. When God wants you to do great things for him, he is not satisfied with good start and no follow-through. So get up and get to work. Finish the task God has called you! Ball's in your court. Or should I say the pick and shovel are in your hands.
Father, Do not let us be satisfied with unfinished work. Arouse our hearts to finish everything you have called us to do. Let us not be satisfied with personal excuses. Help us complete the task for your honor and your glory. In Christ's Name, Amen.