Posted by: Matt Rice | 04/19/2010

Haggai

Is there one (maybe 2) areas of your life you have grown apathetic about? Have you given up on doing devotions with your kids because they won’t sit still? (Reminder – they are kids). Have you grown apathetic about your work because your boss doesn’t get it? (Remind me what “it “ is)

In the book of Haggai, the people of God had gotten apathetic over their responsibility to rebuild the temple. They became disinterested, passive and even forgot about rebuilding the temple that lay in ruin for over 70 years. The people did not have a public place to worship and they didn’t care.

Apathy is rampant today. The “burbs” give us a plethora of eating places, gas stations, and grocery stores to satisfy the immediate gratification we have become so used to. Consumerism has found its way into some churches so we fail to travel the road of investing, because the immediate want is so great and waiting means we move on to something else. God has created the waiting “game” (not a game but a sovereign tool) to refine our motives and us. We cannot rush this process.

Haggai was used to awaken the people to their purpose. The Jews were so wrapped up in their stuff;  coupled with the misinformed belief that building the temple of God did not matter. King Cyrus let them free from Babylonian captivity to move back into Jerusalem. This should have been a sign in and of itself.

There is no problem in taking care of your family, having nice stuff and going out to eat. However, when the people of God grow apathetic to the cause of God, there needs to be an awakening. Matthew 5:15-17 says believers are the “light of the world.” We are here to shine brightly the light of Jesus. Having a home is necessary. Having a car is necessary. Going out to eat is a great privilege.  There is nothing wrong with being a provider for our families. Being a light of the world means we shine so that people can see the greatness of our God not the good deeds of our lives. We want our light to shine so that they may see what God is up to.

However, the problem exits when the stuff we posses and seek after, causes a swell of apathy for the cause of Christ. We exist to bring fame to His name. I want to encourage you to allow Jesus to reign completely in your life. I want to conclude with some questions for you this week:

1.    Consider your ways this week. What are you putting your effort in the most?

2.    What have you grown apathetic about? Your job, marriage, your church, or relationship with Christ?

3.    Are you awakened and aware of your responsibility to shine brightly the light of Jesus?

Haggai 1:7-8: “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the Lord.”

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