“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,’ says the LORD. ‘You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. “Why” says the LOPD
of hosts. ‘Because of my house that is in ruins, while everyone of you runs to his own house”‘ (Hag. 1:7-9). The prophet Haggai wrote during the second year
of the reign of the Persian King Darius Hystapes, or about 520 B.C. (Hag. 1:1). The seventy years of desolation, as prophesied by Jeremiah (25:11) were coming to an end. It was time for the Temple to be rebuilt, yet the people were saying just the opposite (Hag. 1:2).
The great prophet said the problem was not with their conditions, but their hearts, so he warned: ‘…Consider your ways…” (Hag. 1:7). The people were content with the comfort of their own homes, and had hardened their hearts to the work and worship of the Lord.”
As a result of the prophet’s words, the people were stirred! In fact, just 24 days later, the people, led by Joshua (the High Priest, a different Joshua from Moses successor) and Zerrubabel set themselves to work on the Temple. Haggai assured them that the LORD was with them (Hag. 1:12-14).
Similarly, the Lord is with us ( Matthew 28:20)! The current facilities, built in 1967 and 1979 respectively, had been constructed with courage and vision. Yet, they had become inadequate due to rapid growth. Therefore, we were stirred by the need to glorify God, and reach out to more and more people.
Most of us, blessed with fine homes, were not content to live therein while the Lord’s house was neglected. Thus, with prayer, sweat, and sacrifice, this fine new building was added, and even the former building was renovated and repainted. To God be the glory ( I Corinthians 10:31)!
Now we are in a wonderful position and are on the brink of new historic horizons! People are already coming our way, wanting to study the word, and surrender to Christ! All over the city, people are curious as to all the ‘goings on’ at 1940 North Mt. Juliet Road!
Let us, with all fervor and determination, take advantage of these new historic horizons! Let’s lovingly share our faith, invite our friends to hear the Word, and turn this community upside down for Christ ( Acts 17:6)!