DAY 7 – BE STRONG IN HONOURING GOD!
Have you ever been in a place where your efforts did not reap what you were expecting?
At the end of 2017, my husband and I came to the end of ourselves after repeatedly hitting some roadblocks. The Bible says that place is supposed to be a blessed place – ‘You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.’ (Matthew 5:3, MSG). But who really wants to hit rock bottom?! We’d done all we knew to do, but somehow things were not going the way we expected, and the result of that was disappointment, heartache and a sense of discouragement.
As we sought God for 2018, we were drawn to the book of Haggai – ‘How obscure!’ we thought – and to these verses in particular:
‘Then God said: “Here’s what I want you to do: Climb into the hills and cut some timber.
Bring it down and rebuild the Temple. Do it just for me. Honour me. You’ve had great ambitions for yourselves, but nothing has come of it.”’ (Haggai 1:8–9, MSG).
The prophet was addressing the Jews, who’d started out with the intention of rebuilding God’s temple but got sidetracked along the way. He told them to stop focusing on their own interests while the house of God lay in ruins.
The challenge is to HONOUR GOD FIRST before our own interests.
‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ (Matthew 6:33, NIVUK).
- HONOUR GOD BY BUILDING A GLORIOUS CHURCH
We are building a church that builds a nation and that requires every single one of us to be all in. What Haggai describes – climbing into the hills, cutting timber, bringing it down and rebuilding – takes hard work and effort!
How can we best give of our time, energy, resources, gifts and talents to building the Sisterhood so that every bit culminates in a movement that causes EVERY girl and EVERY woman in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, South Africa and on the continent of Africa to encounter the love of Jesus, find her value and become part of making the difference in her world?
How do we intentionally avoid the trap of self-interest in a world obsessed with ‘me’?
- HONOUR GOD BY BUILDING A GLORIOUS ‘SPIRITUAL TEMPLE’
Before focusing on building external things in our lives, we need to intentionally focus on building and strengthening the internal parts of us.
How can we daily prioritize seeking God and growing in our relationship with Him and our devotion to Him – in the Word, in prayer and in community with other believers?
How can we pursue ‘clean hands and pure hearts’ (Psalm 24:4) in our lives continually?
God wants us to flourish in our lives, and when we choose to be strong in honouring Him, I believe that we will see the ‘far more than we could ever imagine or guess or request in our wildest dreams!’ (Ephesians 3:20, MSG).
Christen Chia JVR