Word for Today – Haggai 1:7-15

Resist, Exist, or Persist?

The Times

Haggai addressed the Jewish leaders and citizens of Jerusalem. Because they failed to prioritize completing God’s temple, the prophet shines the spotlight on their disobedience.

The Atmosphere

Haggai forces them to take a long hard look at their meager existence . . . they are sowing much selfishness in their lives, but harvest little of significance.

Current Application

Being a Christian means answering a call that carries important responsibilities outside of ourselves. As professing Christians, we must keep the faith and display a genuine Christ-like attitude even when it goes against everything we want or feel. The world is watching us.

Just like the Jewish remnant, all of us resist God at some point. However, if that resistance becomes habit, we fail to make the most of our lives, and we risk being disobedient to God. We merely exist as described in Haggai 1:5 and 6. We need to remember the following equation:

RESIST + EXIST = DEFEAT

Stay true to God and persist. Resist the temptation to just exist; strive for more!

Inspiration

I once read an article in World Magazine that highlighted the miraculous turn around of a school in a gang-infested area of San Diego. A small group of people wanted to change the public institution into a charter school, but some school officials resisted. In this case, they were more concerned with teachers keeping their jobs than educating the children.

The school had languished for so many years that they were merely existing and was among the lowest performing schools in California. However, because of the persistence of a few enthusiastic people with the right priorities and overwhelming support from the community, the school achieved charter status.

Test scores started to rise, and things improved for the students. Persistence is not easy, but thank goodness there were those who refused to just exist.

Key Verse

“And the Lord stirred the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadek, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God” (Haggai 1:14 NRSV).

Think About It

Consider your life. When it comes to God, are your resisting anything? Do you feel like you are truly living or merely existing? Are you persisting spiritually? God didn’t send Jesus so Christians could just exist. Jesus came so that we “may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

Word for Today: Are you going to resist, exist, or persist?

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