08 Jan Preoccupied with Stuff
“Give careful thought to your ways.” Haggai 1:5
One of my goals for 2018 is to be FOCUSED. Not trying to do a million things at once, but to do one thing “exceptionally” well. Like many of you, I’ve declared that 2018 would be the year that you pour yourself into the word, study it, and meditate on it. Increasing my private time with the Lord. Praying more. This is totally normal, as typically e all desire at the beginning of a new season to improve our current situation. As I was reading in my study time this morning, I was knocked upside my head when I read this scripture.
You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes. – Haggai 1:5
Wow! Whoa! Ouch!
This story hit me in the center of my heart. The letters that read “convicted” started flashing before my eyes. All of my buying, drinking, and accumulating of stuff while using a purse with holes in it at the expense of allowing God’s house to remain in ruins. I get it now…. Lord. You have blessed me with so much, but I haven’t harvested one seed for you. Do you want to know why?
In the book of Haggai, we learned of the call to Build the House of the Lord. The issue we face, each year is that we keep putting it off. We say to ourselves; it’s not time yet. I have to finish working on me and my house before I focus on the things of God. I thought about my own life as I was reading this passage. God says, “give careful thought to your ways.” He has blessed me with abundance that I have not harvested yet. I buy whatever I want, whenever I want, but I still never have enough with what I have. It’s like you get obsessive about collecting. Collecting whatever you see on sale. The fact of the matter is, your closet collection has become a museum of artifacts. It’s not enough days, hours, months in the year to wear everything out of our closets, but we keep on accumulating. God says, we put our clothes on, but we still are not warm. We earn enough wages, but our purses have holes in it? When will you have the time? As long as we continue to prolong building God’s house, he will continue to withhold the dew for our crops to grow. We will never see a harvest on anything our hands produced. I don’t want that to happen…do you?
Let us pray:
Dear God, stir up your Spirit in me that I may stay focused on building your temple, a house where you and I dwell and worship. I repent of focusing only on my selfish desires and individual pursuits at the expense of abandoning your work dear, Lord. Please forgive me.