SUNDAY February 5, 2017
Are You A Team Player?
In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lordcame by Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying, “Thus speaks the Lordof hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built.”’” - Haggai 1:1-2
The book of Haggai takes us back to the first return of the people from captivity. We can learn so much from what the prophet Haggai has to say even though the book has only two chapters. Within the first verse, the prophet Haggai gave to us the background dates of when God began to fulfill this prophecy. Previously, I had mentioned that this book is all about priorities and how God’s people did not have their priorities in order.
The Lord heard what the people had said and spoke to His prophet: “This people says, ‘The time has not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built.’” God’s people gave themselves an excuse for not building God’s house. They were completely disobedient to what the Lord had originally called them to do once they were back in the land––build the temple of the Lord.
Notice, how each of the men mentioned in Haggai 1:1-2 were called of God to play a big part in the work of the Lord. God had aligned these key people to create a dedicated team together. Each person had a specific task. God’s prophet received a message from the Lord and communicated it to the people; the priest encouraged the people in their giving to the work of rebuilding, and the governor established the political policies for the people. God set a chain of command to accomplish everything He intended to do for Israel.
Can you be counted on to be a good team player as you join with other men and women called by God to build His kingdom?
Winning teams have players who make things happen.
~John C. Maxwell~
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