Imagine a war torn city, finally ready to rebuild its grandeur after the devastation. Leadership set in place, vision is cast, and once weary men and woman take to the momentous task of rebuilding with fresh vigor. Hopes arise, only to be dashed by strong opposition halting all construction just after the foundations are laid. One year, turns to two, turns to twenty years! By this time oppressors have implemented high taxes for an unfavorable economic environment. Life is all around lackluster, with no foreseeable change on the horizon. People offer up weak prayers – if any, without expectation of hearing anything back. In their minds, God has left.
We enter this scene in the begging of the book of Zechariah. A prophet whose ministry was to the Jewish people. A people during this season, despised their days (4:10), and were merely surviving rather than thriving. Zechariah recounts the amazing story of the LORD passionately calling His beloved people back to Himself. Fourteen chapters retell repentance, judgement, and the glorious redemption of the LORD’s people.
Something supernatural happens between the first and last chapter. We enter the scene observing, war torn, hopeless people. No skip in their step, no perceivable value in life, motivation at a minimum. Miraculously near the end of the last chapter, the prophet Zechariah declares that even the pots used for cooking would be holy to the LORD! If Zoloft was around back then, they would have been put out of business! A depressed people were now beaming with purpose.
“And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of horses, “Holy to the LORD.” And the pots in the house of the LORD shall be as the bowls before the alter. And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holy to the LORD of hosts…” Zechariah 14:20-21a
What does this have to do with us, here, living in 2015? Everything. This promise was a foreshadow of the reality for believers in Jesus Christ T O D A Y. The good news that Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice for our sins so that we might be in right standing with the Him, means that what was once meaningless, now has significance. (“Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is LORD and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9)
It must be made clear that not only is worship, prayer, and fellowship holy and pleasing to the LORD. Zechariah paints a picture of pots, pans, and horse bells are not just pleasing, but H O L Y! We would liken it today to our vitamixs, car blinkers or bicycles! If we are disciples of Jesus Christ the most menial task can be redeemed unto the LORD into something wonderful.
Imagine if everything you owned was inscribed with “Holy to the LORD”. This is a key to living life to the full (John 10:10). The knowledge that whether walking, cleaning, working, drawing, sneezing, cooking, singing, mowing, decorating, primping, or driving can be for the glory of God. It’s wisdom that we need from the Holy Spirit to recognize this often & therefore take delight.
I have to wonder, if everything I owned carried that inscription, would my uses for it change? Would my attitudes change? Would my heart be drawn Heavenward more often? Would I wake with greater expectation, with greater purpose? Would my eyes glimmer with eternity and radiate with joy?
I pray that our eyes would be opened to recognize this frequently, and more quickly all the time. May your heart be filled with joy with the knowledge that your actions & possessions are made “Holy to the LORD”!