Me today God Tomorrow
Sound familiar? How often have we woken up and had to decide if we should serve God, or serve mammon (money)? Everyday we are confronted with choices in life that define our character as well as our devotion to God. We can offer lip service in social media posts, or tweet how much we love God, or even do the sign of the cross when we get on the freeway. We can say we are blessed, when we really mean we are happy. We can say
God is good
when we really mean
look at how good I am doing.
Haggai is delivering a message that God is not happy with the nation of Israel. In fact, He has known of their disobedience for a long time. He has given the order to rebuild the temple, supplied the craftsmen, and supplied the materials, yet the people have horded it for themselves. They have built houses for themselves and left the temple in ruins.
He opens their eyes by reminding them that God asked them to do one thing, rebuild the temple. Then he exposes their disobedience by reminding them of their nice houses. Then He shows them the foolishness of trying to rob God.
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.
- He explains how they plant seeds for food, yet their crops fail
- They eat, but are never satisfied
- they drink, but are never filled
- they have clothes, but are never warm
- they work, but never get ahead
Notice how He uses a purse as an illustration of their foolishness. Can you imagine putting money in a purse while walking out of a bank and it had huge holes in the bottom? By the time you got home, it would be empty. You would still be tired from all your labor, yet have nothing to show for it. That is how some Christians live today. They offer lip service to God, yet they rob God every day. They don't tithe, they don't serve, they don't follow the Lords leading, they don't Love their neighbor. They just make excuses. They justify, they procrastinate, they refuse, they hide, they lie, they will do anything as long as they don't have to sacrifice anything they have. Nothing gets in the way of their lifestyle. Nothing.
Is this you? I pray not but if it is, "consider your ways" and change. Today. Stop robbing God and remember the one who gave you everything you have.