Building God’s House

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Building God’s House

“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.” -Haggai 1:7-11

Five-hundred and twenty years before the birth of Christ, a prophet named Haggai cited the urgency of rebuilding God’s temple after the Israelites were freed from captivity some 18 years earlier. In Haggai 1:3-4, it states, “Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 4 ‘Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?'”

Although only two chapters long, the book of Haggai is an important reminder for us to not loose sight of building God’s kingdom on the earth and to build His house. Although we tend to live very busy lives, we need not be so concerned with our own houses that we forget God’s.

When talking about the word “church”, there are two distinctions we should make. There is God’s house, as in His temple where we gather together and worship Him, where we establish roots and make connections with other believers, and then there is building His kingdom here and now by worshipping Him in everything we do, and together as a body of corporate believers. This doesn’t depend on denomination or where you worship. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” (1 Corinthians 3:16) The book of Revelation says that Jesus is coming back for His bride, (as in the church, “Ecclesia”, the body of believers) and Ephesians talks about this bride being “without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:27)

Building God’s kingdom in both of these areas involves sacrifice. It involves giving up selfish desires so that God’s nature can be revealed in us. Most often, this happens in three spheres: Time, treasure, and talent. Are we bringing our gifts as sacrifices to Him? God in turn promises to bless us when we honor Him with our sacrifices. “‘From this day on I will bless you.'” (Haggai 2:19b)

Are you neglecting bringing God your worship, your gifts, or your talents? May we each be connected to the body so that God’s purposes in us might be fully revealed in every aspect of our lives.

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