Have you ever thought, “I work way too hard to have so little?” Does your check run out way before the bills are paid? Maybe it isn’t that you need more money or even another job. What if it’s all a result of what you’re doing with the money you do have?
In Haggai’s day, God wanted His Temple built but the people were spending all their income on their own homes instead. It seems no matter how hard they worked they simply couldn’t get ahead. Maybe it’s more about how you spend your money rather than how much you have. Here’s what was said about God’s people back in Haggai’s day.
“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 1:6)…”Consider your ways!” (V.7)
I’m not advocating that you have to build a literal Temple but maybe you need to start giving to God’s purposes rather than spending all you have on your own pleasures.
James said, “You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:2b-3).
“The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered” (Proverbs 11:25).
According to Hebrews 10, the Old Covenant of animal sacrifices could NOT make the worshiper perfect. In fact, the animal sacrifices only served as a reminder of sins. If animal blood took away sins there would have been no need for Jesus to die.
The Good News is God has initiated a brand new way! The New Covenant is in Jesus’ blood and will not only bring forgiveness of sins but it will also cleanse your consciousness of sin (Hebrews 9:9 & 14).
God didn’t find fault with the Old Covenant rather the fault was in the worshipers inability to perform up to its perfect standard. Therefore God has given the New Covenant. In it we are told God Himself says, “I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts.”
In Ezekiel 36:26-27 God said, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”
The Apostle Paul put it this way, behold “the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man “PERFECT” in Christ (Colossians 1:26-28).”
Notice the goal is to “present every man “PERFECT” in Christ! Christ in you is the hope of glory! He in you has been God’s plan all along. He gave the first Covenant with no thoughts that it could “PERFECT” His people. In fact, it seems it was always and only a means to an end and not the end in itself. It was a prerequisite to condition and prepare Israel for its Messiah.
Once we see that Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension is enough, there is no need to look for anything else to finish the job of PERFECTING the worshiper.