I don’t see the house of God in a very prosperous condition right now. Does the church have the influence in our culture it should? Is the church the go-to place for the world when they are in trouble? If you had cancer, would you feel surer of healing through the church or through traditional medicine? Do sinners flock to the church daily crying out “what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30)
Maybe something is wrong. Maybe what is wrong is found in one of the Old Testament prophets. The Lord speaks this through Haggai: “‘Consider your ways! You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.'” (Haggai 1:6)
Yep! Sounds familiar. The church in its weakened condition is not reaping the big end-time harvest everyone has been expecting. The church is thirsty for a visitation but is parched instead. The transfer of wealth promised to the church has not come–as if we have a purse with holes in it.
“‘Why’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house.'”(Haggai 1:10) God is jealous over HIS house. He is ready willing and able to fulfill all OUR needs if we will attend to HIS needs first.
If the church is in sad condition we don’t have to wring our hands about it. There is something we can do to turn things around. “‘Tend MY house!'”