Scripture

Haggai 1:1-4 (NIV)
In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabelson of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshuason of Jozadak, the high priest:
2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.’”
3 Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
Ezra 4:4-5a (NIV)
Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. They bribed officials to work against them and frustrate their plans.
Matt 6:21 (NIV)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Questions

Have you ever received opposition/resistance to your faith? What did it look like and how did you respond?

“Is there any incomplete assignment in your life? Something that was on your heart, something you felt God nudging you to do, but you never got around to it?”
How would you respond to Pastor Mike’s question?
What are some of the things that distract you from your relationship with God?
What changes can you make to ensure these things dont draw you away from
Him going forward?

Practical Application

“The Israelites didn’t prioritize the temple because they were prioritizing themselves. They weren’t accomplishing God’s plan because they were preoccupied with accomplishing theirs. The priority issue isn’t really a time issue, it’s a love issue. [Mt 6:21] Through Haggai, God asks “What’s your treasure? Where’s your heart? Are you in love with God? Do your life and values and priorities reflect that?”

(Pastor Mike)
Take some time this week to ask yourself the questions; where am I spending my time and money? What am I spending most of my time thinking about? These are good indicators as to where our heart truly lies.

Discussion

In the 21st century, we’ve never had more opportunity to be distracted from what is most important. Streaming services, sports events, shopping online etc, (while all good in and of themselves) can draw our primary devotion and attention away from God.

Join Pastor Mike and Will as they outline some intentional ways for us to keep ourselves from being distracted in our relationship with God.

Go Further

10 Ways to Respond to Opposition – Article by David Gunderson
Haggai: An Overview – Video by the Bible Project
Christ Be Magnified – Song by Cody Carnes