Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.
Neglecting the house and work of God is dangerous because the consequences are not obvious, but real. Our text reveals the fivefold cost of such negligence.
Firstly, when you neglect the house of God, your Return on Investment is always meagre. Your harvest is disproportionate to your seeding. Your losses outweigh your gains. Your liabilities exceed your assets. In short, your ROI speaks volumes about your honour for God and His kingdom.
Let us be honest today and reassess our income versus our outlay. How much of our hard-earned money has gone down the drain or vanished into thin air? Let’s not falsely comfort ourselves that it’s ok to “win some and lose some”. It’s not!
Rather, as a blessed child of God, whatever your hand finds to do must prosper (Ps 1:3). As one who has abandoned everything for the sake of Christ, you should expect to harvest a hundredfold (Mat 19:29). As a regular giver, you should receive good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over (Lu 6:38). Wealth and riches should be in your house (Ps 112:3). That’s God’s express will for you. Anything less is not. May that be your portion!