“You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filed with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” (Haggai 1:6)
This passage has been used before as a defense against the idea of making idols of worldly things in today’s society. For example, it might be used to warn people against worshiping the idea of making money because money is endlessly spent on other things in this world, and neither the money, nor the things, can be taken to the next.
This passage could also be used to in reference to spiritual wages. Just as with monetary wages, spiritual wages can be squandered if they are not heeded. For example if someone reads the Bible every day, but they do not live in accordance with God’s laws, then their wages have fallen right out of their bag to be left behind. Another example would be someone who acts one way when they are around other Christians and a different way when they around those who are not Christians. Also the old idea of being at church, or being IN church. Just being in the building as opposed to listening to what is said.
These are just a few examples of ways that spiritual wages can be forgotten about and not applied to daily life. Spiritual wages should be stored so safe that they overflow the bag, not fall out of the holes in the bottom.
– Vincent Meninno
Vincent is a former member of 708 Ministries and graduate of Appalachian State University and East Tennessee State University. While he was working on his graduate work at ETSU Vince was an irreplaceable member of the group. He was always willing to help in any way he possibly could. He is currently working as the Assistant Basketball Coach at Freed-Hardeman University.