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Think About Your Life (Part 2)
Bible Text: Haggai 1:1-15 | Preacher: Pastor Joe Ricchuiti | Series: Haggai, Think About Your Life
1. “[Haggai] criticized [the Jews] for looking after their own comfort while leaving the rebuilding of the Temple unfinished. Haggai used the condition of the Temple as a metaphor to describe the spiritual life of the people. Their relationship with God was in a shambles and needed to be restored from the bottom up. Haggai’s message reminds us that the daily habits of our relationship with God (involvement in church fellowship and service, as well as consistency in prayer and Bible study) need continual attention. If you’ve been letting some of the disciplines of your faith slide, ask the Lord to show you what effect this has had on your fellowship with Him.” (365 Lessons from Bible People)
2. God challenges His people to examine their lives, “to reflect on their conduct” to see where the path they were on was leading them. They had neglected Him to their own detriment. Their self-centered behavior brought difficulties to their lives.
3. Gordon MacDonald in his book, Ordering Your Private World, suggests taking a similar inventory of our lives. He suggests first setting aside time “to reflect upon and inquire into the meaning, value, and purpose of our day-to-day activity. To ask the following questions: What does my work mean, for whom did I do this work, how well was the work done, why did I do this, what results did I expect, and what did I receive? Second, he suggests setting aside time “to pause and sort out the truths and commitments by which we are living, and third, to set aside time “to affirm our intentions to pursue a Christ-centered tomorrow.”