Today is the first day of the year 2017. Today is the day that many people begin that new diet, or exercise program, or budget. It is a day when we reflect on the past year or years, and come to the conclusion that something has got to change. The status quo is unacceptable.

Such was the case when God raised up the prophet Haggai to give a sobering message to the remnant of Jews that had returned to the holy land after being in Babylonian captivity. Initially excited over being back in the land that God gave unto their fathers, they began to rebuild the wall of the temple, only to be confronted by opposition and resistance, both from without and within. For 16 years, the temple was left unattended to, but they went on living their personal lives and building their own kingdom.

Haggai had a three word prophesy from God for them. Consider your ways. Those three words echo the warning of Jesus seek ye first the kingdom of God. When Jesus spoke about the signs that would precede His Second Coming in Mark 13.33-37, He phrased the words consider your ways with one word. Watch.

Beloved, while there is nothing wrong with taking a fresh look at your life and recognizing that some changes need to be made. May I lovingly say to you, that if seeking first the kingdom of God and drawing closer to Jesus Christ is NOT the top priority on your 2017 Resolution list, your life is out of order.

Beloved, consider your ways in your personal life. Consider your ways in your marriage or marital state. Consider your ways in how you are using your God given talents in your personal life and inside the church. Consider your ways. Selah