Taking Care of God’s House

We live in a society today that is concerned over self.  Our homes, our cars, our devotion to our lawns – all of these point to a desire to make our own environment comfortable and to look good to others.  Do we show the same devotion to making sure that we take care of God’s house, as well?

‘Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.  Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD.  “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.  Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops.  I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands.”’  — Haggai 1:5-11

To be sure, God’s house today is the church, which is made up of the people within, not the building around them.  But these verses make it plain that God does care about how His building is maintained, too.  It is a direct reflection on Him.  We need to walk that fine line between being His temple, and representing Him on earth in our church meeting place, too.  Were we to let His physical house go to ruin, while we upgrade our own home with granite and marble, this would imply an imbalance in our actions.  The church is certainly God’s people.  But I think we should also be thinking about our dress, and our meeting place when praising Him.  Too casual an approach is a reflection that we don’t elevate Him to the point that we should.  And these verses tell us that God will pour blessings upon us if we maintain this honor to Him.


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