"Consider Your Ways!"
2. It was easy to get the work started when they first arrived in the Holy Land, because everyone was enthusiastic and dedicated.
3. But soon the people grew cold and indifferent and the work lagged and finally stopped.
It is harder to get a work started again than it is to start it initially.
4. The whole purpose of Haggai's ministry was to awaken the lazy people and encourage them to consider their ways and get back to the job!
5. Haggai points out three particular sins that hinder people from "FINISHING THE JOB" and calls US to "CONSIDER OUR WAYS"!
B. THEY WERE "TOO BUSY" ENJOYING LUXURY (9)
C. HAGGAI TOLD THEM THEY WERE "LOSING" (6,9-11)
D. HE CHALLENGED THEM TO PUT GOD FIRST (7,8)
E. THE PEOPLE OBEYED AND WENT TO WORK (12-14)
B. "THINGS AREN'T LIKE THEY USED TO BE"
C. LOOKING BACK CAUSES LINGERING
D. HAGGAI ENCOURAGES THEM TO "LOOK AHEAD" (4-9)
B. THEIR WORK WAS NOT "ACCEPTABLE" (14)
C. ONCE THEY CONFESSED, GOD WOULD BLESS (19)
D. IT IS NOT ENOUGH JUST TO "DO" GOD'S WORK; IT MUST BE DONE WITH "CLEAN HANDS AND PURE HEARTS".