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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Begin Building”
Most Christians have the attitude that as long as it doesn’t affect the way they live then they’ll follow the Lord and attend church.
We want to be comfortable and have our needs met with little if any consequences. And this includes our church attendance. And what ends up happening is we don’t read God’s word the way we should, we don’t pray or worship the Lord, and we don’t attend church.
In short, we fail to build up God’s house, because we’re too busy building our own.
This was the problem the Jewish people had after returning from their Babylonian captivity.
The Lord said, “This people says, ‘The time has not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built.’ Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, ‘Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?’ Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Consider your ways!’” (Haggai 1:2-5)
The construction of the temple stopped, and the people justified it saying the timing wasn’t right, because they were busy building their own houses and rebuilding their lives.
God saw this as theft (Malachi 3:8-11). Not only were they not bringing in their tithes, but also, they were literally taking the temple’s building materials to build their “paneled houses.”
Because of this the Lord sent against them the “devourer,” who devoured everything, from what they ate and wore to their earnings (Malachi 3:11; Haggai 1:6).
Now, the temple of God lies within us (1 Corinthians 6:19), but also it is found in our times of gathering together (Matthew 18:20).
So, let’s consider our ways, and begin to build up God’s temple. And when we do, then the Lord promises us success saying, “I am with you” (Haggai 1:13).
When we allow the Lord to build up His house His way, and when we participate with Him, then our labor won’t be in vain (Psalm 127:1)
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