REBUILDING THE HOUSE
"Go up to the Mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I man be pleased with it and be glorified," says the Lord. "You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?" declares the Lord of hosts, "Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house" (Haggai 1:8,9).
Does Anyone Really Care about the House?
The people of Israel could care less about rebuilding the Temple. God would send many prophets to them to proclaim that it was time to "go up and rebuild," but they remained complacent and lethargic. Everyone was concerned only with their own house and not the house of the Lord. Therefore, He would not bless them. In fact, He would "de-bless" them! Whatever substance they would bring home, He would blow it away!
Our Situation Today
I find that we are in much the same situation today. Does anyone really care about the House of the Lord? Does anyone have a burning passion to "go up" and rebuild the Temple?
Everyone is so concerned with his own "house".
Now when I say "house" I am not only speaking of your literal, physical dwelling place, though that may be part of it. I am speaking of your life, and everything that involves. We are so concerned with our own families, houses, jobs, time, pleasure, etc. But I am also speaking about your own spiritual life; your own individual walk with the Lord. Christians today are so caught up with their own spiritual growth, their own edification, their own spiritual health. But who is concerned with rebuilding the Temple?
The New Testament is very clear in pointing out the fact that the Temple or House of the Lord in the Old Testament was a shadow or forerunner of something much greater. "You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifice acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." I Peter 2:5 The word "House" literally means household." This implies the "dwellers" who actually live inside the building; in other words, the family of God. The house of God is the Ecclesia, the Body of Christ, the City of God, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Bride of Christ, the Church of Jesus Christ. I am not speaking about a building, organization, denomination, association, or any other dead thing. I am speaking of the living, breathing Body of Christ.
The organic expression of Jesus Christ on this earth is what we are sorely lacking. This is what God wants to rebuild. Do you have a heart for this?
The City of David
Do you know why David was called "a man after God's own heart?" David went after the very center of God, His heart! Of course, this is not referring to the organ that is in the chest that pumps blood. The word "heart" here is referring to the very core of something. Like when we say "the heart of the matter," we are referring to the very core, or center, the most important part of any given matter.
Let me ask you, saints, what is the most important thing to God? What is the thing that motivates and drives Him? What is at His core? What is His heart passion?
Simply put, it's that His Son would fill up and be fully expressed in all realms. He wants His Son to fully come into view. He wants His Son to be glorified or manifested in this realm. This is accomplished by His bringing many sons into glory. This is done by the building of His house. David was a man after God's own heart because he wanted to build Him a house! David made it his goal in life to build a permanent dwelling place for the Lord here on earth. David went after the very center of God's purpose.
The Son Builds the House
"I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
David was a fore-shadow of Christ. One who is after God's own heart. Everything He did and said was with the Father's house in view. There was nothing else for Him, only to fulfill the Father's desire to have a house.
Dear believer, where is your heart today? Is the Father's heart purpose the same passion that burns within your breast? Or is your only concern, your own house? I constantly hear believers tell me what they want. Some want a nice house in a nice area with a few cars and a family. Some want financial freedom and to be out of debt. Others just want to have fun and relax. Others just want to be happy, whatever that means. This is all well and good. But tell me, what does your God want? He wants to establish a living, breathing expression of His Son on this earth. When does He get what He wants?