The “agenda” can be awfully confusing.
Every time I think I have covered what the Scriptures have declared, some brother purposely throws a wrench into my bucket of beliefs, and I have to take time to sort through his ideas. A very high percent of the time, I have covered most of them long ago, but I try to show or grant interest, short that it may be.
Haggai is a good example of how to handle the individuals who brazenly try to make light of what God is doing. He begins by first identifying what is being said by the people, and next He presents what God is saying. They say, in effect, it is not time for the house of the Lord to be rebuilt, but Haggai speaks boldly and says: “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate? Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Consider your ways! You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes’.”
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,’ says the Lord.”
A Pastor said: “This has been a burdensome time for the Church as a whole. Naturally, attendance is down, the older folk who are the consistent givers are not able to contribute, the younger folk are so up to debt themselves that they cannot afford to give, sickness is prevalent, and the list goes on!”
Hear Haggai again: “You look for much, but behold, it comes too little; when you bring it home I blow it away. Why?” declares the Lord of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house. Therefore, because of you the sky has withheld its dew and earth has withheld its produce.
“I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your hands.”
What happened next? 1:12 of Haggai… “Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent him. And the people showed reverence for the Lord.”
What we have observed can be duplicated… and will be repeated when we follow the same principle!