Uncommon 2 – Uncommon Calling 1/14/18 (MS)
“The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world…” (John 15:19)
“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The people are saying, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord.’” Then the Lord sent this message through the prophet Haggai: “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins? This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!” (Haggai 1:2-6)
- God wants us to get in on His plan
“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)
When we hold so tightly to the things that we want to do we can miss out on the things God called us to do.
- God wants us to be holy
“I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘These are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” (Zechariah 13:9)
On our journey to holiness it most likely will be uncomfortable.
God is far less excited to see you be successful, but He is far more interested in making you more like Jesus.
Seek God First, the Rest Will Come
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33)
God knows what you need before you know what you need.
“For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: In just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the dry land. I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!” (Haggai 2:6-9)
What do you need to change in your life to make sure you are seeking the kingdom of God first so you are building His house, not your own?
– When you think about God’s calling on your life what usually comes to mind?
– What priorities or plans in your life do you think might be getting in the way of God’s plans and uncommon calling?
– What are some of the things you are chasing after that are keeping you more common than uncommon? How can you address those?
– What are some ways you are building God’s kingdom and not your house right now? How can you grow in this area?
– What are you walking away with that you can put into practice this week?