Sunday Soothings

Haggai 1:5-6 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.”

By pure definition, one would shy away from anything associated with the word “Insanity.”

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary says:

INSAN’ITY, n. The state of being unsound in mind; derangement of intellect; madness. Insanity is chiefly used,and the word is applicable to any degree of mental derangement, from slight delirium or wandering, to distraction. It is however rarely used to express slight, temporary delirium, occasioned by fever or accident.

I utilize a slightly more abridged version:

“Repeated activity expecting a different outcome.”

God comes to the nation of Israel by way of the prophet Haggai, and asks,

“Are you insane? Why are you wasting your lives pouring time and energy into that which yields little to nothing eternally?”

Many of us assume our position in line with those before us to work our jobs, and live our lives much like the rest of the world. We are religious enough to satisfy our ‘duty’ of church attendance, but do we feel the desire in our soul to be spiritual? To walk with the God we say we trust?

God desires the preeminence in our lives.

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

He saved us for so much more than to keep us out of Hell. The plan and program were set long before you or I were ever born. 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

God saw us as saved. He saw what we would do, the good, the bad, and the ugly. And yet, He still loves us as He does! I often wonder why God gave us a free will if He knew some would utterly reject His offer of salvation as a free gift. 

I have always been a believer in routine. But I also know that if that routine is unfruitful, I need; no, I MUST make a change. But first, we must take the time to evaluate our lives to see how it lines up with God’s plan. 

It is belonging to a local, New Testament church that is alive – not just with fellowships, social gatherings, and the like. But, evangelizing, building the body, and maintaining the proper balance of all God ordained she should be. 

Ephesians 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ

Finding the right place where you can utilize the God-given gifts and talents for His glory. To know that your church is His choice for you. to know that you are a functioning part of the body of Christ that is working together for eternal goals brings some of the sweetest moments in the Christian life.

I pray that is your church today. I pray that you have found your place. I pray that the time, talent, and energy you have spent and will spend is not put in a bag with holes – only to be burned at the time when our works will pass through the fire.

1 Corinthians 3:12-15 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Seek to find out from God what sort of work you should be doing. Then, once you find it, pour yourself into that which He has before ordained for you to do. You’ll never find greater happiness, greater joy in life than when you fulfill God’s will the way He planned for you.

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