You can never be satisfied!
I have been reading Zephaniah and Haggai quite a bit lately and a few verses from Haggai have really stood out to me.
Haggai 1:5-9: 5Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways! 6You 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.”
7Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways! 8Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the Lord. 9“You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the Lord of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house. (NASB)
The people of Israel are in a period of time when “worldly things” matter more than God. And God once again is calling them out.
They are never satisfied.
Ironically, this is the world we live in today. We are all guilty of this. It doesn’t matter if it’s food, or clothes, property, comic books, cars or who knows what, we want it and we want more of it. We want to feel secure, and the more we have the more secure we feel.
We live in a world today, where God is secondary, in all things. God is second in our daily lives. Even as Christians, we often have the best of intentions, but we allow the world to butt in and push God out.
We can look around and say it’s the world’s fault, but really it’s not. It’s our fault. It starts with us. It has to. We cannot blame what is going on in the world on anyone but us… well and Satan… but you know what I mean.
It has to start with us taking one day at a time and focusing it back on God. As we take communion today, I want to challenge us all, to be in Christ each and every day. Each and every day we need to remind ourselves of Christ’s words in the upper room.
He broke the bread as a symbol of what would be his broken body. He drank the wine as a symbol of his blood that he would shed for us.
Today and moving forward, let Christ’s blood that He shed for us be a constant reminder through the cup, that we can wash away the yuck of yesterday. Wash away the mistakes we’ve made.
Today and moving forward, let Christ’s broken body that he sacrificed for us be a constant reminder that through the bread, we can be filled with His spirit and be not broken but whole.
In a world that is broken and full of sin, let us start with ourselves. Let us change who we are each and every day. We can start anew with Christ in our hearts through his blood and body.
With this change we can show others, each day, even if it’s one person at a time, what Christ’s sacrifice look like, through us. We can show others how to live a full life in Christ. With each soul that is full, a new brick can be placed on the foundation to raise the temple, the church back up to glorify the Lord!