This coming Sunday we will continue our series based on the Old Testament book of Haggai. My message will focus on the importance of maintaining a kingdom perspective. The dictionary defines perspective as “a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.”
As you’ll read below, the Israelites had a worldly perspective on the temple they were rebuilding. When the Israelites looked at the ruins of the temple from their own perspective, they failed to see what God saw. For us the same thing is true – when we lack God’s perspective, we don’t see things correctly. Here’s the story from Haggai 2:1-9:
Then on October 17 of that same year, the Lord sent another message through the prophet Haggai. 2 “Say this to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of God’s people there in the land: 3 ‘Does anyone remember this house – this Temple – in its former splendor? How, in comparison, does it look to you now? It must seem like nothing at all! 4 But now the Lord says: Be strong, Zerubbabel. Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 5 My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid.’ 6 For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: In just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the oceans, and the dry land. 7 I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 9 The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!
I’m looking forward to our time together on Sunday.