Nebuchadnezzar had leveled Jerusalem, obliterated the Temple, and hauled the Jews into exile in Babylon. When the Persians allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem, they immediately began to rebuild the Temple, but it wasn’t long before their plans stalled. Enemies rose up and put political pressure on the Persians to stop the building. Not all problems were external. The Jews themselves soon lost the drive to see the Temple rebuilt. The prophet Haggai pointed out that they had become more focused on their own personal comfort than doing a work for God (Hag. 1:4).
Believer, you too are a Temple, and the Holy Spirit lives in you (1Cor. 6:19). Even though you are a Temple, you’re an unfinished building project. Your foundation has been laid in Jesus Christ, but how are you going to build on that foundation? Sometimes it’s the external pressures like people and circumstances that cause us to stop building. Other times, it’s our own sense of personal “comfort” that keeps us from denying ourselves and serving Jesus. Get back to reading your Bible. Get back to praying. Get back to church. Serve others. Build that Temple.