“Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.” Haggai 1:3-6 (KJV)
The people had returned to Jerusalem from Babylon for the distinct purpose of rebuilding the temple (Ezra 1:1-5). When we look into the prophecy of Haggai we read that they had become more concerned with building comfortable homes for themselves, more than the house of the LORD.
Now the prophet was not finding fault with them for building their homes, but they were neglecting the temple and its rebuilding. That was the issue. They were taking their goods and applying it to their own livelihood rather than to the work of the Lord.
In looking at this prophecy of Haggai there is a word for the people of God in 2017. What may that be? We have forgotten our purpose, our calling, and from whence we have been blessed. I stand guilty. We live in a nation that spends billions of dollars in the game of golf, football, and other sports; and other forms of entertainment, purchasing tickets at a great price, and it is at great sacrifice for some. Many more millions are spent on movies; either attending their showing at the theater or buying them for home use. Understand, I do not condemn these things, lest I condemn myself; but I must ask the question: Where does God come into these actions? How much do we give to Him for things that bring honor and glory to His name? Where do our true devotions lie?
If we are spending more on our entertainment and pleasure and comfort than we return to the Lord, then we have forgotten our purpose. I am speaking to those who call themselves “Christian”. We are responsible to God for what we have left over after we give to Him; if we are returning anything to Him what He has blessed us with.
Let us consider our ways. Let us be faithful with the blessings God has given us. Give to your local place of worship, your Church, and watch what God can do. Of course, the first thing you need to give is yourself to attending your local Church. Be faithful, and remember your purpose is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.