Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts
–Haggai 2:4 (ESV)
Yesterday, Debbie and I met with two Kansas pastors in our Kansas Capitol. We met with five different Kansas State Legislators. At each meeting we were blessed to share Scripture, talk about Jesus, listen, and conclude with prayer. Our desire is to encourage and trust that the Holy Spirit moves our governing authorities closer to God.
In my role as the Director of the Church Ambassador Network of Kansas I have the honor of connecting pastors and church members with governing authorities all across Kansas. Eventually we hope to influence every school board, city council, county commission and the three branches of Kansas state government.
Haggai, another Old Testament prophet, was very concerned that the Israelites who had returned from exile had not accomplished rebuilding the Temple of God. Haggai’s words were challenging but also encouraging.
Haggai specifically calls out Zerubbabel, the political leader, and Joshua son of Jehozadak the religious leader. Haggai encouraged both of them, along with all the people of the land, to get to work.
I believe that the encouragement of Haggai is something that I can receive too. Based on the New Testament, both the government and the Church are created by God and fall under God’s authority.
Ideally, government, the Church, and every Jesus follower, should be working. We all have our roles, but if any one part fails, then we all fail.
Prayer: Almighty God, You have established the government and the Church with roles and responsibilities. You also desire Your people to engage in both of these institutions to further Your kingdom and to allow all people, even if they don’t follow You, to live good lives. May I be Your ambassador everywhere I go.