Haggai 1:3-4 Which House Is Being Built?

Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” Haggai 1:3-4

Israel had been destroyed and put into captivity because of their rejection of God. After 70 years in captivity, God made a way for them to return to their land. They had to rebuild everything, because everything had been destroyed in the takeover. The first thing that they built was their own homes, instead of focusing on building God’s house, the temple. God is now questioning their motives.

Building the house that a person lives in is important. Every person does need a place to live in. There are people in this world that focus on building that house as big and beautiful as possible. They spend many hours fixing the house to make it look just right. Thousands of dollars are spent on renovations and additions to make a house bigger and better.

While there is nothing wrong with fixing up a house or making it better, often there is too much focus on that house. The house of a person’s soul is often neglected as the physical house is being built up.

Every week people spend 40+ hours working to make money in order to build a better house. While that is happening, they only spend 2 hours, at best, on building up their spiritual house, their soul. They go to church Sunday morning and do nothing else with God.

The Israelites had to build a physical house for God. Today, you must build a spiritual one. The house of God today is your soul, your life.

Building your spiritual house for God takes time and work, just as building a physical house does. You must spend time with Jesus, your foundation. Study His Word and know how to build that house correctly. Allow the Master Carpenter, Jesus, in to show the way to build the house. He will make the correct changes in your life.

There will be some rooms that need to be removed, while others need to be added. Walls need to be moved down, while some need to be put up. The power of the Holy Spirit needs to be flowing through your house to empower everything.

Today take a look at your life. Which house are you focused on building?

Yours?

Or God’s?

I pray today that you will allow Jesus to build your life His way; that you will place your main focus on being more like Jesus; that you will build your temple for God’s glory; and that God will be welcome in your life.

1 Peter 2:5 Stones With Purpose

“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5

Peter describes all believers as “living stones”. These living stones have a purpose for God to use. These stones are different from the stones of the world.

The world has stones that are dead. They do not grow larger and cannot do anything. In fact, the stones of this world grow smaller over time by erosion. They get worn down by the wind, water, and any other elements in nature.

As a living stone, believers do not get worn down. They are actual built up by God. They are built up to serve a purpose for God. They are to be a spiritual house for God where sacrifices can be offered up to God.

Once you become a living stone, you have become a part of the royal priesthood. It was the priest that offered up sacrifices for the people to God. Individual people were not allowed to go into the temple directly before God on their own. Now, as a priest of God, you have that ability.

In the Old Testament, the sacrifices offered were bulls, goats, doves, and other animals. Those sacrifices were done away with when Jesus died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice.

Today you must offer spiritual sacrifices to God. These sacrifices are things that are unseen and a part of your spirit.

Sacrifices of praise–giving God praise when things are not going right.

Sacrifices of will–turning over your wants and desires to God and allowing His will to be done in your life.

Sacrifices of thoughts–giving God control of your thoughts.

Sacrifices of prayer–praying at all times for all things and people.

Sacrifices of hands and feet–doing what God wants and going where God wants you to go.

Sacrifices of time–giving God all your time for His purpose.

These are just a few of the things that you can sacrifice to God that He will accept.

Are you a living or dead stone today?

Are you allowing yourself to be a living stone for God and His purpose? Or are you dying for your own purpose?

I pray today that you will allow God make you alive in Jesus; that you will allow yourself to be used by God in His way; that you will be the priest He wants you to be; and that you will offer spiritual sacrifices to God.