Building God's Kingdom With My Best Treasures - Part 1
TEXT: Haggai 1:2-14, Ezra 3:6-10
Memory Verse: Haggai 1:9 “ Ye looked for much, and lo, it came to little, and when you brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and te run every man unto his own house.”
To understand that God is not a beggar; neither a dog nor like our maid or servant. To know that all our treasures in this life including our family's belongs to God. To put to heart that whatever we cannot give to God will one day be wasted. To also know that we cannot give enough for the kingdom of God.
Nothing makes God happy like when his children take a step of faith to begin projects that glorify his name. Luke 7:2-5. A military officer in the bible days built a synagogue for God and in the day of his trouble, there was a quick intervention on his behalf by the elders of Israel. We must be a part of building the house of GOD WHEN THE NEED ARISES LIKE OUR ONGOING CATHEDRAL. Presently, there is a call from above to build God a house; will you close your ears to the call. Ornan told David that he was ready to give him a land and the things required to build an altar for the Lord. Can you learn from them today? 1 Chro. 21:22-23
SACRIFICE IN KINGDOM BUILDING
- Many people in the time of old and even today have sacrificed so much to see that the house of God is built. Sacrifice is the act of giving up something valuable for the sake of something else considered to be more important or greater. 1 Chro. 21:21-30
- When building for God, it is time to give an uncommon, excellent, unusual, rare, outstanding, and extraordinary sacrifice to show our true love for God. Zech. 6:12-15.
- If we can build our own personal house, then we should not let the house of God get ridiculed as many did in the Old Testament and as many are still doing today. For example our cement and sand has finished and the gravel remains very little, what shall we do? To stop the work, God forbid. Haggai 1:2-11.
- When we vow for the building of God's house and pay not, it is like God is a beggar and sometimes they pay in a way in which it won’t be useful; then we are being selfish and self-centred. Are we really doing God service or are we satisfying our selfishness? Many prefer to keep deaf ear and die than to obey the voice of God Mal. 1:6-8, Luke 12:16-21.
- Many complain of their business anytime we talk of giving for God's purpose, yet they do their personal expenditure from the same business without complaining. Do call this an act of ignorance or wickedness? I believe it is ignorance, but the level of teaching in this ministry should have taken care of this for long. God have mercy. 1 Tim. 6:7-17. Prov. 1:7
BUILDING GOD'S HOUSE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST INVESTMENT
- When building of the house of God; God expects his people to sacrifice so he can release uncommon blessings into their lives and families and every honest person will truly confess that God has been so good to them for so far we have gone building the Sanctuary. 1 kings 6:1-38
- Don't forget the work is still moving at the cathedral. The bishop has announced our need and people are giving deaf ears to it. He has borrowed much to continue the work till now. He said "We need at least five million to complete all the deckings and block works. If five people can give one million CFA each, or ten people give five hundred thousands CFA each, or twenty people give two hundred and fifty thousands cfa each, or if fifty people can give one hundred thousand CFA each, some can give 50.000 CFA each, each at the lowest we need 20.000, 10.000 and 5.000 and all the block works and decking will finish very soon. We need at least five million CFA now and Dominion Faith have people than can do this. Even though the work is moving, keep on giving your part to make sure your family is always connected. 1 Tim. 6:7-17, Acts 4:32-37.
- David said; I cannot give God what does not cost me anything. Even when Ornan offered him the LAND AND OTHER THINGS FOR SACRICE, he refused. David wanted to be a partaker of the blessings after sacrificing for the building of the Altar of the Lord. 1 Chro.21:22-26.
- God gave a specific instruction to Moses to build him a tabernacle, and prepare the priests that will serve in Exodus Chapters 25, 26 and 27, and He asked the children of Israel to bring all kinds of gifts, sacrifice and other materials to build and they obeyed until they had more than enough. This is the same command our bishop has received from God, can we obey like those of old? Exodus 35:20-35.
SACRIFICING FOR GOD IS NOT A WASTE
- We must understand that when we sacrifice for building God’s house, he also rewards us with great blessings much more than we have given to Him. Think of your health and that of your family, daily divine protection, peace, wisdom on your children's academics, increase in business etc, yet we complain daily, what an ingratitude. Luke 6:38
- If we really know that God is the owner of everything we have according to Psalms 24:1, then we must always think of giving him constant uncommon sacrifice when his house is to be built. Some will give once and complain, and immediately there is another need a terrible battle begins in their heart and mind and yet they will not give even though the Holy Spirit is troubling their hearts and minds. We must be careful of high blood pressure because of the little crumbs we give and yet complain. Psalms 126:5-6
QUESTIONS ON BUILDING THE HOUSE OF GOD
- How do we sacrifice to help in building the house of God?
- Must everybody know that I want to give unto the Lord?
- How many times do I need to give when building for God?
- Must I wait until the church leader force me to give for God's work?
- Why do I struggle in my heart or grudge before giving? Does it mean I have the heart of stone or worshipping money?
- Can what I give be compared to the health God gives me daily freely or do I need to face health problems to value what God is doing for me?