Building My Kingdom
Okay, I admit it: I thought this sin was purely for men. I can pass on the fancy cars, flashy trucks, fast boats, or faster tech (and most girls I know can too). I’m not into showy do-dads and gadgets or even clothes. So, my conclusion? I was safe from the “American Dream Sin" (which is building my own kingdom at the expense of God’s kingdom). And, let’s be real for a few moments, this is what we do every time when we buy big houses, build big bank accounts, pursue stockpiles of stuff and vacations and “me time” before seeking out God’s intention for our money or our efforts or our time as a good steward should.
Did you know there is an entire, classic magazine that dispels my ignorant presumption? It is called, Better Homes & Gardens. I saw one this week and that is when I realized, with my heart in my toes, this is me building my kingdom at the expense of God’s. This is a women’s “How-To” guide for building her own kingdom – her home – bigger, classier, and grander.
God’s kingdom is built up thru the people inside the house not the flower beds in front of it or the décor that adorns it. But too often the emphasis falls on coordinating the curtains with the wall art and adding the perfect complimentary couch cushions rather than loving those the couch was designed for. To paraphrase – this world is passing away and the design schemes thereof. So, fix your eyes on heaven where God is the Master Designer and invite as many people as possible to your eternal home – because in the end, only that matters.
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