Summary: God also loves you so much that he cannot allow you to continue your path of destruction and heartache.
CONSIDER YOUR WAYS: A CALL TO HOLINESS
Big Idea: God also loves you so much that he cannot allow you to continue your path of destruction and heartache.
Before I begin today I want to ask you to help me with my sermon. Do you have your cell phones? Okay get ‘em out. I want to ask you a question and then I want you to text me your answer. I will read some of them and respond to it at specific points in my sermon.
Here’s the question: IF YOU COULD DO ANYTHING YOU WANTED … ANYTHING … AS A MEANS OF MINISTRY IN JESUS’ CHURCH, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
There’s the question. The phone number to text is on the screen – now text me.
I gotta tell you, this is my favorite passage in the book. Do you know why? It is here that the people of God say “yes” to God’s correction and priorities. It is here that God’s people turn their hearts to him.
In the preceding verses Haggai laid bare their sin. He showed them where they had allowed personal preferences to usurp God’s will for their lives and here … they respond. They repent and turn to him.
The rest of this book is instruction for those whose hearts have turned to God. For those in whom there has been no inner change, and if a heart has not turned to him, the remainder of the book has little to say.
We will return to that concept a bit later.
HAGGAI 1:7-15 (ESV)
7 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. 8 Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the Lord. 9 You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house.10 Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its produce.11 And I have called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new wine, the oil, on what the ground brings forth, on man and beast, and on all their labors.”
12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord. 13 Then Haggai, the messenger of the Lord, spoke to the people with the Lord's message, “I am with you, declares the Lord.” 14 And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit ofJoshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. And they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the month, in the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.