Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the Lord, and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the Lord Your God. Zechariah 6:15
Building something large, like a house or an office building, requires many different people to make it happen. There is a need for the carpenter, the cement layer, the roofer, the A/C person, the painter, the plumber, the electrician, and more to make it happen. One cannot completely build a building on his own.
Normally to get all the help needed, all one has to do is have the money to pay for the help.
Zechariah tells Joshua, the priest, that he needs to rebuild the temple. He is also told that many will come to help him build it, but in order for that to happen, he must diligently obey God.
Many believers try to do great ministries on their own. They hear God’s call to build a ministry and so try to do it, without help.
This can work, but only to a point, or certain level, then it peaks out. Help is needed to grow it more. God has more than enough helpers to build ever ministry He starts. However, it must be done in His way and in His timing.
In other words, the believer must diligently obey God. That is to very carefully and with a full heart, work at doing what God commands or guides him to do. It is God’s ministry, not the believer’s.
God may not have every one build a ‘titled’ ministry, but every believer is to be a witness and make disciples, which are ministries in themselves. These are best done under God’s direction and leading. In time God will bring the needed support to keep moving forward.
God has a plan for your life. You may already know what that plan is. The question is are you listening to God’s directions on how to make it happen.
As you are willing to listen to and obey God in every area of your life, God will give you the needed strength, help and favor to accomplish His goals for your life. Only God knows how large a ministry He has for you, but you cannot know that unless you diligently obey Him and do what He guides you to do.
I pray today that you will hear God’s voice guiding you; that you will obey God’s every command; that you will know God’s favor; and that you will build God’s kingdom in His way.
‘But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadek, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. Haggai 2:4
Work is something that most people have to do. Many people do not really love to work, but do it because they have to. With this mindset, many will do as little work as possible to get what they want.
Instead of desiring to work, most people desire to be able to play. Work is only an ‘evil’ necessity for some. This also causes a person to wear down quickly and lose heart and motivation when working on a job.
God tells Joshua and Zerubbabel to be strong and work as they began to work on rebuilding God’s temple. He told them that He would be with them as they worked.
In the beginning, when God set Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He had placed them there to work the land, caring for the plants and animals. Man was created to work. Since that time, man has fallen and sin has entered the world. Selfishness has risen and men do not want to work. Yet, man still needs to work.
The greatest work a man can do is the work of God. While Zerubbabel was working on building a physical temple for God, believers, today, can work on building the spiritual temple for God. This temple is the individual himself and the kingdom of God with more people becoming believers.
Every believer is to be His witness and to disciple new people in what it means to follow and serve God. This can be a hard work, but they are to remain strong because God is with them.
God will be with you as you do the work He has called you to do. His Holy Spirit will strengthen and guide you in how to live for Him more and more, turning away from sin and becoming more like Jesus. The Holy Spirit will also give you the words to speak to draw others to a saving knowledge and relationship with Jesus.
This is the work God has called you to do, regardless of what work you also do to pay for your bills. Do not allow yourself to be weak and falter, but be strong in the Lord and continue to do His work.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal to you the work He wants you to do; that you will be encouraged to do His work daily; that God will fill you with His strength and power; and that God will do great things through you to build His kingdom.