A few years ago I got a 1960's Dr Pepper machine that I intended to get checked out, recharged and working. It is still sitting in the garage with stuff stacked on top of it as a great decoration.
Nine years ago, Anita and I bought an old steamer trunk to refinish and use for blanket or game storage. We like antique items that can be reused. I started working on it this last summer and then tore my bicep (good excuse) but it is still in the garage unfinished.
We have a collection of unfinished projects. There are some books that need to be finished. Lots of things that have been started but left unfinished at home. Let me ask you, "Do you finish everything you start?" I hope so but most likely the answer is no. And to be honest some things just aren't worth the time.
But don't think, even for a second, that you can put God in your collection of unfinished projects. I know many that do, but for starters, He isn't a "project." Besides, He is not going to sit on a shelf just waiting for you to give Him your attention. You may say, "Once the kids are grown or the retirement is now funded or when I have more time."
The Israelite's learned that lesson the hard way. They returned from Babylonian captivity to rebuild the temple. They started strong but in time turned their attention to other endeavors. What was important to God became unimportant to them.
16 years passed without any work being done on the temple because of discouragement and other distractions. So God allowed drought and difficulties to enter their life. And He said in Haggai 1:5,7, "Give careful thought to your ways."
God is either the main thing in your life or he is nothing. At the end of the day, each of us are responsible for our own schedule. There is really no such things as partial obedience. God begins as the priority and then we schedule time with Him. We schedule the things that are important to Him. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, "Seek first the Kingdom of God..."
The Jews eventually got back to God's priorities and took part in one of the greatest works of heaven. You can too. There are things worth finishing.
Stay warm the next couple of days and will see all of you on Sunday!
Pastor Tim Asbill Jr.