It’s Not Done Yet


Haggai 2:3 “Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?”

The temple seemed like it would never be what it used to be. Those who saw the temple in its original glory saw what the rebuilding of the temple was in the present, and they knew that it was not going to be the same. However, comparing the temples was foolish because each temple had its own purpose. The fact that this second temple being rebuilt was not like the first temple did not mean that God could not do greater works. God said in verse 7, “…I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.” He continued to say in verse 9, “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts:…” You see, the second work had to start somewhere, and the fact that they started gave God the opportunity to do a greater work than the former.

I grew up in an era of large and great independent Baptist churches. When I was a young man, the largest churches in each state were independent Baptist churches. Now that I pastor a growing church, I have to be careful not to discourage myself because I see the works of today seem to be of no comparison to the works of the past. However, what I must remember is that God is still building, and the present work can be greater than the former works because God has not lost His power to build great churches. Let me share several thoughts about God not being done yet.

First, don’t compare works of different generations. The Scriptures teach us that comparing ourselves is not wise. The works of the previous generations are finished books, whereas the present works are still in building. Comparing your unfinished work to the works of previous generations will only bring discouragement.

Second, let the works of previous generations stir you to do great works today. Though you are not to compare works, you can let those works motivate and stir you to what the power of God is capable of doing if you will do the same works that the previous generation did to build their works.

Third, doing nothing because you believe it will never happen again is sure not to see God do the miraculous. You are sure not to build a great work if you don’t attempt to build a great work for God. To say that God cannot do the great works as He did in the past generations is to say that God has lost His power to do great works today.

Fourth, you have to start somewhere before God can do a greater work. Okay, so what you have is no comparison to the works of the past, but every great work had to start somewhere. God knows what you have to start with, and you must start with what you have so that God can take you to the greater work that He is still capable of doing.

Fifth, don’t be discouraged because your work is not complete. What you remember are finished works; what you see with your work is a work in progress. You cannot let what you remember discourage you from the work in progress because God is still working to build a great work through you. What you are doing is ultimately is the LORD’s work, and as long as you are doing His work by faith, you are giving God the opportunity to do a greater work than the former works. Stop comparing the works, and set out to do a great work and watch God do a greater work than you imagined.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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