“Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
Did you rush through life to store up for yourself fancy houses, educated children, and a nice nest egg for your retirement? Then, years later, downsized, watched your retirement decrease, and contemplated whether your kid’s education was worth it.
Did you neglect to care for the house that really mattered?
You have a house bought at an immeasurable price—God’s holy temple. (I Cor. 6:15-17) Your spiritual body is the temple of the living God. Jesus died for it. Just as a solid foundation supported your home, you must support your spiritual body by feeding on God’s word. Fill your heart and mind with his word until his glory consumes you. God lives! He’s anxious to walk and talk with you.
Prayer: God, help me to commune with you and place my heart on things above.
Meditate: Imagine a garden, a lot like some homes, filled with all the food you could possibly want. No tending, no tilling, no sweating in the hot sun to maintain it. All you do is walk side by side with God in his garden. Stop and think what that might feel like.
Read: Haggai 1-3; John 15:4-10; Act 17:27-28 (NIV)