Is there a reason your bag has Holes in it?
“Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. 6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. 7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.” Haggai 1:5-7
If we don’t obey Jesus’ command to “Seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God,” that is, put God first in all things, there will be diminishing returns in our lives instead of prominent growth (Matthew 6:33). For example, have you noticed that if you don’t get up and seek the LORD first and foremost, making Him the priority of your life, studying His Word and spending quality moments in prayer, that your day gets away from you and you don’t have quality private prayer time with Him? (Matthew 6:6) Isn’t the same true with out giving? If we don’t deliberately choose and plan beforehand to put God first when money is received, we simply do not get around to it or it’s a mere token tip. Right?
Are you taking care of your own business and not “the Father’s business”? (Luke 2:49) If so, unlike Christ, you are all about yourself, your own self-serving business and not “the Father’s business.” The LORD created and saved you to be about His business first and foremost. How do we think that’s going to work out for you if you don’t repent and begin putting the LORD first in your life and finances? Diminishing returns.
——- EVER FEEL LIKE you have leakage in your finances? You know, where it seems that no matter how much you earn, it just finds new ways to get spent? Check this out friend. This has happened to people like you and me for centuries and the LORD addresses it here.
The Cure to Diminishing Returns
In Haggai 1, the LORD confronts His people for not finishing the rebuilding, the work of restoration He sent them to finish. They had left off doing God’s bidding and had turned inwardly and were reaping diminishing returns which was making them miserable. This same phenomenon can be observed today in the lives of so many who name Jesus as their Savior but don’t have His blessings in their personal lives. Find out here how to break this pattern and begin walking in the glorious blessings that the LORD Jesus Christ has ordained.
Lots of Christians are too busy building or adding to their earthly home while neglecting and even jeopardizing their mansion in glory. The people of Judah were not putting God first. They were not seeking first Christ’s kingdom but rather putting themselves first and therefore made to be miserable and their earthly riches were being scattered as God blew upon them due to their idolatry, their spiritual adultery.
IF those claiming to know Jesus were obeying HIS stewardship instructions, would true ministries be destitute? Gospel ministries true to God’s Word provide us with the privilege to support them.
The work of the Gospel of Jesus is the only eternal and infinitely superior work in the earth. The closer we get to Christ’s return, as foretold, more people are backsliding and the less people there are to participate in Christ’s glorious Gospel work.
The clear proof that God is working in our lives, that we are truly following Jesus, is that we are becoming less and less vested in this fleeting, fallen world (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17). And that we, our good works, our giving are more and more invested in eternity – in the eternal kingdom of Christ, laying up treasures in Heaven, sending them before us, relinquishing the things of this world for the glory of God – putting them to work for the eternal Gospel of Christ – for saints to be fed and equipped and the lost to hear the Word of God (Matt. 6:19-21).
“Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
PRAYER: Father, in the name of Jesus, please forgive my mis-stewardship of YOUR money. Please forgive my sin, for not giving You the very first fruits of what You have and are giving me LORD. Here and now I repent and turn my heart and life back to You dear LORD. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.