Man of Good Work Ethic
How many hours do you spend working on certain activities? Sometimes we spend way too many hours on the work in the world instead of spending hours on the work in the kingdom. The work of the kingdom starts to become desolate if we do not make it a first priority. During the time of Haggai, the people were focused about their own work than God’s work. There are two considerations from the book of Haggai on how to be a man of good work ethic.
First consideration is thinking about the work you are doing. The people were more concern about what they were doing. They were putting all of their energy into their house by decorating it. People were only focusing on their work instead of the work of God (Haggai 1:4). God wanted them to consider their ways on what they were doing. Do you make God’s work secondary in order to make your personal work primary? A man of good work ethic will make the work of the kingdom a first priority while putting everything else second on the list.
The second consideration is thinking about the work you should be doing. God wanted them to reconsider their ways by rebuilding the temple. If they were to rebuild the temple, the Lord would be pleased and glorified (Haggai 1:8). If they were to make the choice to not build his house, God’s eternal kingdom and the Messiah would not come in the future. All of their produce would not be as good as it should be due to the lack of their laboring hands. A man of good work ethic will reconsider the hours he spends on a certain activity in order to make God’s work a first importance.
Our work must be the work of God. I want you to start making his kingdom a first priority. The important activity is getting back to work in the church. The other activities become bad only when we start to make it a number one priority over the work of God. Think about what you should be doing now instead of what you were doing earlier. There will always be projects that need to be done. Find the one project and get to work!