The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and olive oil to the storerooms, where the articles for the sanctuary and for the ministering priests, the gatekeepers and the musicians are also kept. “We will not neglect the house of our God.” Nehemiah 10:39
All of the Israelites had recommitted their lives back to God. They agreed to not doing various sins that they had previously committed and agreed to provide for the temple of God. The said that they would no longer neglect the house of God.
The needs of the house of God during Nehemiah’s time, were grain, new wine, and olive oil. These were needed to make the bread and keep the lamps burning continually. The people were to provide these needed supplies on a regular basis.
In today’s society the needs of the house of God, physical building, is often being neglected. The needs are different then they were for Nehemiah. Now maintenance of the building, electricity, and gas are the needed supplies. Some of these needs are met by people physically helping with the repairs. Many are met by supplying the money needed to pay the various bills. These needs are met through offerings being given on a regular basis.
However, there is another house of God that is often neglected. This house of God is the individual. The needs here are not the physical needs, but the spiritual needs that are being neglected.
Many believers do not take time each day to read and study God’s Word. They do not take time to hide His Word in their heart. They do not take time to pray continually. They do not strive to resist the devil and flee from all sin.
Today, as a believer, you are God’s temple. You are the new sanctuary where God can dwell here on this earth.
As a human being, you are careful not to neglect the physical needs of your body–food, clothing and shelter. However, are you guilty of neglecting the spiritual needs of your soul?
It is the spiritual side of your life that is the temple of God. You must not neglect the needs of your spirit. God’s Holy Spirit will guide you in this. God will take care of those needs if you allow Him too by staying in His Word, praying daily and fleeing sin.
Are you going to neglect His house today?
I pray today that you will have a hunger for knowing God’s Word; that you will pray to God continually; that you will not neglect His house; and that you will be His witness in this world.