October 12, 2016

Read Haggai 2:1-15

“You had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself . . . . You’re so vain. You probably think this song is about you.” You can thank me later for getting this song stuck in your head. But, as you sing it, think about this: Vanity, simply put, is excessive pride in one’s appearance, abilities, characteristics, or accomplishments. As Christians we recognize that vanity is not a good thing. We must put it aside. One such way is to simply remind ourselves - it’s not about us. However, that is an often made mistake. Too often we settle for repressing sin instead of confessing sin. There is a difference.

When we boldly approach the throne of grace it is not because we have cleansed ourselves by our confession, but because we have been forgiven and cleansed by Christ’s blood. We are hidden in Him. Just like the example with the consecrated meat in the priest’s robes, we can make nothing clean. Not even ourselves. It is about Him. He is the priority, and our trust remains in Him. Habakkuk 2:18 tells us it is the maker who trusts in his own creation who makes worthless idols. It is to a cleansed people that the Lord says, “Work, for I am with you.” So, in a sense, it is about us. It is about us being in Christ. There is so much Kingdom work to be done that we dare not be anywhere but in Him.