Day 262

Today’s Reading – Haggai
Is it time for you to dwell in your own paneled houses while this house lies in ruins? 
Haggai 1:4 CEB

The people of Israel had returned from exile and immediately began to rebuild the temple, but in time the desire to build the temple became secondary to their own needs.

Haggai came with a message to get back to work.

Perhaps the message of Haggai is a message about our need to financially support the church, but for a moment set aside all the messages you have heard about giving and consider this:

Maybe the message of Haggai for us today is that we have forgotten the priority of the church in our lives . . . We have become so busy in our homes, in our schools, in our jobs, with our hobbies that the life and activities of the church have become secondary to everything else.

The state of the church is a direct reflection of the people that make up the church.

Consider that statement the next time you complain about the church.

As Haggai would say, “Wake up! It’s time to make the church a priority in your life!”

A few years back a friend complained that he wanted to be more involved with church, but just didn’t have time. I replied, “If you make the time, I promise within 6 months you won’t know why you didn’t do it earlier.”

He gave it a try and it only took a few weeks for the light bulb to go on.

Faith grows when we tend to it.

Where are your priorities?

Author:

I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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