Calling to Work
2:1On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 2"Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of
Then say to him, `The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the desert. Ex
Selfishness/Building Our Barns at the Expense of God's House - Building our Kingdom at the expense of building the
7This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways. 8Go 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. 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 his own house. 10Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11I 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."
Unholy Alliances - We must repent of unholy alliances that God is against and which do not bring glory to God.
Later, Jehoshaphat king of
Unbiblical View of Work - We must repent of segmenting our faith life from our work life. God has called each of us to our work and we are called to view our work as a ministry unto Him.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us--yes, establish the work of our hands. Ps 90:17
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Independent Spirit - We must repent of our independent spirit that places us above others in our standard of living while other brothers and sisters suffer because we have not shared in their suffering.
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe him,and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear;then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am
I. Isa 58:6-9
Pastors - Pastors need to repent of viewing business people only as a source of money for their next project instead of seeing their gifts and talents unique to the body of Christ and affirming them for these gifts.
Business People - need to repent of viewing the church as another business to be run on worldly principles. They must affirm the pastor as leader and serve him as God's ordained leader.
Presumption - Forgive us of presumption.believing we are doing your will when we have never waited or listened to your instructions.
But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his counsel. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wasteland they put God to the test. So he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease upon them. Ps 106:13-15
Confidence in Self - Forgive us for placing our confidence in our own strength and abilities alone. Forgive us for thinking that our sweat and toil alone is where our provision lies, rather than seeing You as our source.
Ps 127:1-2Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. 2In vain you rise early and stay up late,toiling for food to eat-- for he grants sleep to those he loves.
Busyness - Forgive us for being so busy about building our own barns while your church goes lacking. We have failed to yield our gifts and talents for your use to build your Kingdom.
Hag 1:8-11 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 his own house. 10Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11I 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."
What the World Might Look Like if God Restores the Marketplace To God's Economy? How About These Newspaper Headlines.
"Christian CEOs ban together and commit their corporate profits to feeding the poor in
"Group of Christian philanthropists and business owners pool $300 million dollars to present claims of Christ on network television."
"Special noon-day prayer meetings held daily in local Department Store."
"Wall Street executives meet on the floor of the stock exchange to pray for God's blessing on the nation and economy."
"500 executives make decisions for Christ at GM corporate annual meeting."
"CNN features program on how Christianity in the workplace transformed bankrupted Wall Street Investment Company."
"Prayer is re-instituted in public schools."
"Churches pool money together to transform downtown slum area. Model city has been created."
"AT&T renounces policies supporting gay rights. Cites Bible as reason for policy change."