I find myself guilty of this mentality more often than not. It is so easy to get focused and stay on task (often the wrong task), that I lose sight of the big picture; that is, my time with God… my relationship with God. The most important part of my life is the time I spend with a holy God in the secret place of prayer and devotion to His word. It brings me the greatest solace in a world of chaos. To sit and basked in the Lord’s presence and find security that brings my heart and mind calm.
In Haggai, chapter 1, scripture speaks to me about the temple I am to be to God who longs to live in me through His Spirit. That may seem strange to some, but the God of the universe wants such connection with you; He desires to live within your heart. Jesus stated He must leave for the promised Counselor to come (John 15:5-15). What an appropriate description for the Spirit of God the third member of the Trinity. When we invite Jesus into our lives, the Holy Spirit comes into our lives to lead and guide us in every aspect. To help us to navigate through live in a way that reveals to those witnessing, Christ in us and to bring God the Father glory.
Think of this passage as it refers to you specifically as the temple of the Lord.
2 This is what the lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come for the Lord’s house to be built.’”
3 Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai:
4 Is it time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
5 Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.
6 You have planted much but have 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.”
7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.
8Go up into the mountain and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord.
9 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 his own house.
We get so caught up in the busyness of living a temporary life, we give no mind to forever. We focus a lot of this short physical time on earth on making a life, we seldom look at the spiritual which is forever. It’s easy when you can attain what can be seen, but the unseen is eternal. Procrastination is human nature. “Tomorrow” or “One day I will” are everyday phrases for us. But God is saying “Today is the day!”
Haggai 1 reveals why we are so unfulfilled, that while we have much, we are still found longing. We are focused on the wrong things. “Give careful though to your ways,” (Haggai 1:5). Our physical lives may look good from the outside, but our spiritual person is a ruin. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declare the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house,” Haggai1:9.
Look inside your heart. Examine your temple. What condition is it in? Is God pleased? It’s easy to be like the world. To fit in and go along with the flow of this life. It takes intentionality and devotion to walk with the Lord daily. The Lord is looking for a house His Spirit can come into and fix up. Make today the day you begin a whole-hearted devotion to the Lord. Make today the day you find fulfillment for this life and the next in and through the Lord.
If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake him, He will reject you forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.” 1 Chronicles 28:9b-10
Paul is a Christ Follower. He has been married to his beautiful wife Rebecca for twenty-four years. They have two beautiful children, a dog, two cats and a turtle. They love being together as a family and doing the adventure that is ministry. They love the outdoors and enjoying God's creation.