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JULY 16, 2020

Response Ability

“…’and I will fill this temple with glory’, says the Lord of hosts.”

Haggai 2:7b (NKJV)

If you aren’t doing so already, you may want to sit down for this. It is a pretty pew-shaking revelation. Ready? It is not our responsibility to provide God’s glory. There. It has been written.

       The book of Haggai shares the account of the exiled Jews returning to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. The second chapter reveals the discouragement among the older ones who remembered the glory of the former temple – Solomon’s temple. They were convinced this new temple would never match the former in beauty and magnificence.

         Through the prophet Haggai, God told them that this new temple would even surpass Solomon’s version! He was telling them to remain faithful in the work He had called them to, remembering that He was with them, and that He would fill this temple with glory”.

   God’s glory is His and His alone. He is responsible for how it moves, fills, settles or, sadly, is removed. But, responsibility has an entirely different meaning when we read it as “response ability.” We are not called to provide the glory of God, but in light of our position in Christ Jesus, we are able to respond to it! We have this glorious “response ability”!

    God’s glory cannot be manufactured or manipulated. In fact, it never starts with “man”. Grace family, if we remain faithful in the work He has called each of us to, remembering He is with us, He provides His glory! Each worship gathering, let’s take every advantage of our response ability.


                                                                                    Pastor Jeff