Haggai 1:9 “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 your own house.
Busy. Have you ever asked someone who you haven’t seen in a while how they’ve been? The answer I often get (and even sometimes give) is: busy. We are all busy. I don’t meet many people who say: “I’m bored with life. I have nothing to do.” I’m sure those people exist, but I’m too busy to find them. I’m busy, you’re busy. Yes, most of us are busy. But what are we busy with? Now that’s a question worth looking at.
In Haggai 1, The Lord spoke to His people saying, “you are too busy with your own stuff to pay any attention to mine.” While you may think this verse is a good one for a church to guilt people into a church building project while they live in run down shacks, you would be wrong. Let’s take a more personal look at what God is saying to His people here. He is saying: why am I not your first priority? Why are you so consumed with your own life that you don’t stop to engage in mine? Why do you spend more time running your own kingdom rather than investing in mine?
That’s the true heart of the matter here in this verse. The people of God were so occupied building their own lives that they neglected to put Him first. They lost sight of the fact that this life is lived best when we focus on building His kingdom and not our own. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. We should be seeking Him first. We should be giving Him our best. Because when we do that, He takes that best and overflows it into our lives. But when we live to serve ourselves first, we find those things shriveled up, blown away, and useless. Don’t let His house lay in ruin any longer. Determine to be a kingdom builder.
*What adjustments do you need to make in your own life to put God first?