Haggai 2:8 – The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.
Meditation: Have you ever spent much time reading the book of Haggai or the other minor prophetic books of the Bible? If you have, then you will know that they can be rather gloomy filled with proclamations of doom, but there is still hope for those with ears to hear. Haggai 2:8 reminds us that all our valuables (as well as everything else) belong to their Maker. We are merely stewards of Creation.
Furthermore, we are included in the everything else of Creation. Indeed, the Apostle Paul reminded the Corinthians, saying, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). He paid for us out of love.
Occasionally we need to be reminded of the privilege of serving God. It is more than a duty and better than an entitlement. Made in His image, we can understand Him by His grace, because our mind is essentially patterned after the divine. Think about it. You… yes, you… are made in God’s image.
When Jesus was asked if the Jews should pay taxes to Caesar, he reminded the people that Caesar’s image was stamped onto their coins. Then He said, “‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ And they marvelled at him” (Mark 12:17).
Call to Action: Consider the fact that the Creator made you and all you have and enjoy. While silver and gold are ultimately His, listen to Jesus. Give Him the thing that bears His image. Give Him yourself. He has already paid in full.