With all we have and in everything we do, we must work towards building the House of God.
Reference: v. 4b "Be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozadak, 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. (NIV Bible)
Explore: The people are building a new house for the Lord. But once the structure is built God instructs them, through Haggai, to continue to work. I'm not convinced this command to work is focused towards the structure of the building, but probably more so on the worship that is to go on inside the House of the Lord.
Application: As Christ-followers we too should be hearing this command to build God's house and to continue to work on it. I'm not necessarily meaning to build a physical structure – although that could also be good – but I also mean in building the House of God through service and relationships with those that are struggling in their walk with God.
This verse indicates that it's not going to be easy -'Be strong'- but we do hear the call of God, to all people, to not shy away from prioritizing God and putting time and resources into building His House.
Prayer: Lord, it is always great to go to your House and worship you with fellow believers. But we forget that we need to put in the hard work before we get there. We need to live faithful lives every single day and always be on the look-out to assist others in their journey towards You. Amen.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.