Building God's Kingdom

on Sunday 12, June 2011

Growing up, I remember hearing people recite this little limerick, which contains a very powerful truth: “Only one life ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Jesus was all about using his time here on earth efficiently, and for the benefit of the Kingdom of Heaven.  He said, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent me.  Night is coming when no man can work.”  Unfortunately our ‘work’ can become more about building a life here than in laying up treasures in heaven.

Obviously, we need to be responsible to feed and clothe ourselves and our families.  It only becomes a problem when we are consumed with this life, and the balance shifts from building God’s Kingdom to building our own.  Jesus called the rich young ruler a fool for indulging in this kind of an accumulating lifestyle.

We are given few and precious years in this life, and it pays to occasionally stop and take inventory of our priorities.  Again, Jesus said that we are to seek first the Kingdom of God – to make the expansion of God’s Kingdom and the work of the Kingdom first in our life, and then everything else that is needful will be given to us as well.