Haggai 1: 2 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built. 7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. 8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord. 14 And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the Lord of hosts, their God.
We want to measure success by the Sunday morning crowd. Full pews don’t mean a successful church. We need to see ourselves as God does. He had called us to a work—all of us. It’s not just for the preacher or for two or three. All of us are in servitude to the Master and to the house of God.
In Haggai’s day the house was derelict. One by one many quit building. The responsibility lies in the willingness of the members to be faithful and make the house of God a success, success the way God wants it. You can drum up a crowd if you implement some of the devil’s ways. We must realize we live in the end times. Things won’t be the same as they have been in the past.
We can be builders or demolitionist. Several of you worked in some type of construction. You took plans and built something. Then there are companies who tear down. They clear property. It’s amazing to watch a building brought down by one of them. The devil is a demolition expert. He knows how to tear down a Christian life. He knows how to tear down a church.
It is God’s will for us to be builders. Our human nature has skills to destroy and tear down. The wrong use of our tongue and seeing naturally instead of spiritually are easy. Take heed of the little foxes. I don’t have dogs or cats anymore, but I’ve got some foxes that could demolish things if I let them loose. The devil knows where to place the chargers. If he tries to use you, it’s your job to detect it and stop it. He can’t blow without a fuse. We have to be prayed up and ready.
We see plenty that needs to be done in others, but we must first build up our own faith and grow in the grace of the Lord. We need to set a mind to work in ourselves. We must start in our own temple. Then we build up each other. We exalt each other. Walk humbly before each other with an attitude of mercy and long suffering. When we help build each other up together we build the house of God. It happens one service at a time, one week at a time. We hone and achieve a heart to work.
When the people in Nehemiah’s day got a mind to work the walls were built. When we set our mind to be what we should it’s a witness for the Lord. Nothing beats old-fashioned praying, loving each other and inviting people in. The Lord blesses efforts. We’ve got to have faith. All the people in Haggai’s day saw were the broken down stones. Nehemiah told them not to listen to the troublemakers. God can build the house when we’re willing to be his limbs. Jerusalem became the city of God once again. It’s the way a church is built, one step at a time. Do you have the vision and burden? Do you have a mind to build? Make it a point to be a witness. If we put our mind to it, it can be done.
The easy part is to be a demolitionist or we can do it God’s way and build it up. If God be for us who can be against us? Blessed are those servants found doing God’s will. The choice is ours. Be a builder. It has a purpose for eternity. I feel privileged to have a part in it.