The United Methodist Church of La Junta
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Called Out of Complacency

Haggai 1: 5-6

 

“Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways.  You have planted much, but harvested little.  You eat, but never have enough.  You drink, but never have your fill.  You put on clothes, but are not warm.  You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

I do many things.  By all accounts, I could be classified as a busy body.  Most days when I am not busy getting a million things accomplished-I am actually still busy being busy.

 

My dad would often say that I live with an incredible sense of urgency.  I confess to you today that I am a doer.  There I said it.

 

Haggai challenges me this week with how fruitful I actually am in all my doing and being.

Haggai was called to get a group of people to rebuild the temple and yet the only problem with that was that they weren’t super motivated.  The status quo is always so much easier.  They were kinda lazy and ok with being that way.

 

Haggai was one part cheerleader, one part inspirational life coach, and one part prophet.  I don’t envy the task that Haggai was given.  Throughout the short book of Haggai, we are reminded that if we only respond to God, rather than our own will and desires, we are abundantly provided for.

 

Our scripture today reminds us that we, on our own, do much and reap little.  We can never get enough food or water or money or warmth on our own.   We have an insatiable desire and an uncontrollable itch that can truly only be satiated by God and living into God’s promises for us.

 

Have you ever noticed that when you surrender to God how much more peaceful your pursuits?  Have you ever imagined yourself in one career or job and found yourself in another and completely satisfied?  My cousin Ben started working at the Steep Falls market near our hometown in Maine when he was 15 years old.   He made minimum wage and loved every second of it.  He loved the work, the people that would come in, the people he worked with, and how it felt right.  He, because he was pressured, went to college for two semesters before he said enough is enough.  He returned to the Steep Falls market to work where he remained for nearly 20 years until they finally closed two years ago.  He was and is the happiest and most content cousin I have.

 

My cousin Ben could have pushed against what and where God was calling to him to and struggle through college into a job someone else wanted for him or he could surrender to God’s will.  I believe he is the person he is today because he trusted in God’s provisions.  He worked his way up from minimum wage deli clerk to not just manager but practically a co-owner.  We often try to do everything on our own and meet incredible friction in our lives.  I am always inspired by those who listened and trusted in God including many of you in our church.

 

I invite you to consider how God is challenging you to rethink what and how you do things.  Haggai was called to challenge the Jews out of complacency to rebuild God’s temple and I believe Haggai is called to call us out of our complacency as well so many years later.  What is God calling you to accomplish and what is God calling this church to accomplish?  I invite us to consider ways that we, like the ancient Jews of Jerusalem, welcome God’s challenges and opportunities to grow.

 

 

May it be so,

 

Rev. Lou Ward

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