Haggai 1 While My house lies in ruins

Let’s think out of the box today.
Reading Haggai chapter one we often think God is contrasting the individual Christian’s personal house with the local church’s physical brick and mortar construction.
So Christians faithfully contribute to the local church building funds and feel happy and proud when they periodically extend or rebuild a better and bigger building.
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But God is not a parochial God.
He is not a territorial spirit.
He is God the Creator of this whole earth.
He sent only one Savior, Jesus. All believers of Jesus Christ share one Holy Spirit, one baptism,  one Lord, one God.
God has one house, the church. Jesus will one day come to bring this one church to be with God.
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Back to Haggai 1:4 God speaks through prophet Haggai,
“Why are you living in luxurious houses while My house lies in ruins?”
Questions we need to ask ourselves today as we are comfortably sitting in this luxurious local church building with all modern amenities, where is the house of God in ruins?
Why am I giving 90% or even 100% of the monetary contribution to expanding this luxurious building and not to fixing the leaking roofs and crumbling walls of the mud or palm leaves huts of God’s house in the poorest of the poor?
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Haggai chapter one is a wake up call for every Christian.
Heed this call.
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Haggai 1:2-11
2 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The people are saying, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord.’”3 Then the Lord sent this message through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins? 5 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! 6 You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!7 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! 8 Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild my house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord. 9 You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lordof Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses. 10 It’s because of you that the heavens withhold the dew and the earth produces no crops. 11 I have called for a drought on your fields and hills—a drought to wither the grain and grapes and olive trees and all your other crops, a drought to starve you and your livestock and to ruin everything you have worked so hard to get.”

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