|Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God has sent him. And the people feared the Lord. –Haggai 1:12
When I write the name Martin Luther King, Jr., what is the first thing that comes to mind? How about Rosa Parks? Moses? Etc. Are you confused yet? The common factor amongst these people is that their voices/actions made a difference. Martin Luther King delivered a speech, “I have a dream,” and this speech captured America’s heart and conscience in the mid 1900s. Rosa Parks was asked to move to the back of a bus because she was black, but she refused and sat in the front throughout the entire trip, and this gesture changed the way America thought for years. Moses, because of his obedience to the voice of God, delivered an entire nation from slavery.
Just like the people listed above, Haggai’s words stirred a directionless people to action. For over 20 years, the Israelites had ignored God’s orders to rebuild the temple (it had been destroyed after Solomon built it). These people were more concerned with perfecting their own houses than they were about rebuilding the temple. When Haggai spoke to them, he made them realize that they were working hard for themselves but never finding satisfaction, and that if they obeyed the voice of God, all of that would change. After that, they obeyed and began building the temple, and God responded with mercy.
Just like Haggai, you too can make a difference. You too can stir a sleeping nation to action and help them change their fate. The world is in desperate need of God, whether they know it or not, and God has said that every soul is going to know of and about him before the second coming. You are the vessel through which that has to happen, but you have to allow yourself to be used by God. God is longing to use your voice, but you have to prove to him that you are worthy of this great sanction. Haggai convinced the Israelites because he allowed the voice of God to speak through him, not because he was an eloquent speaker or the king of a nation.
You cannot turn people to God unless you allow him to speak his words through you. You don’t have to have a title before of after your name, or be in a leadership position; you just have to be available and willing to be used. I challenge you today to prepare yourself to be used by God. Turn to him; develop a closer walk with him, improve your relationship with him, develop your spiritual ears, mind, and voice, obey his injunctions, and drench yourself in everything that is Him. Are you ready to get results with your voice or actions?
Stay blessed and spread the word.