Saturday, August 28, 2010

Failure to Thrive?

Today's Reading: Haggai

You have looked for much, and lo, it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? says the Lord of hosts. Because me house lies in ruins, while all of you hurry off to your own houses. Haggai 1: 9 NRSV

How does your house or the place you live compare to where you worship? I am talking the actual building. Which is cleaner? Which needs more repair? Which one have you spent the most taking care of? Do you think there is more you can do to care for the place where you worship?

In Haggai's day, the people had returned to Jerusalem and begun rebuilding. However, the Temple has yet to be rebuilt. God is accusing the people of living in nice homes while God's house lies in ruins. The people are trying to do well, yet they cannot seem to prosper. Even what they bring home is blown away in the storms. This is because they have yet to set God and God's house as a priority.

What is your #1 priority right now?

Where does your church fit in your list of priorities?

Perhaps it is time to reorder  your priorities before you find yourself failing to thrive.

God, help us to put you in proper priority in our lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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