Consider your ways! Go up into the hill country; bring timber, and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and receive my glory, says the LORD. (Haggai 1:8)
Haggai’s oracle which is expressed in vv. 5-11 reflects the idea that as long as God is unhappy with His Temple, Judah will be unhappy in its own life. The same idea can also be seen in reverse in the psalms: when the poor, the afflicted, the widows and the orphans are unhappy with their situation, God Himself will be unsettled until He has rectified their situation. There is a bond that unites God with His people: the dissatisfaction of one is also the unhappiness of the other. It is very much — or should be — like the case of people whose lives are tied up together in a covenant (like marriage).
God’s Temple is His people. As long as it has not grown to maturity, He will not be satisfied. Nor could we. Paul has written that the Spirit pours His gifts upon us so that we can all be built up to maturity:
And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, 12to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ, 14so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming.15Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, brings about the body’s growth and builds itself up in love. (Eph. 4:11-16)
I have been tasked to build the Temple of the Lord and I cannot rest until the Lord Himself is satisfied with the work that has been done on His House.
An obvious application is work on the BECs. Until now we have only scratched the surface of the work marked out for us. We have been slowly expanding, true, but there are still areas in the parish that need to be covered by the presence of our cell groups. And then for additional cell groups, we need to have more cell leaders who will have to undergo training.
Lord, let me not find false satisfaction. For as long as you need my work, give me the strength to do whatever I can for your Temple.