Friday, March 1, 2013

What Are You Building?

"And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its details and according to all its plans. So he was seven years in building it. But Solomon took thirteen years to build his own house ..."
1 Kings 6:38, 7:1 (NKJV)

In the Old Testament we read how Solomon built a temple for God; it took Solomon seven years to build the temple.  The temple Solomon built was magnificent and I am sure it was quite a sight to see.  The thing to notice is that Solomon spent twice as much time building his own house as he did building God's house.  It was certainly not wrong for Solomon to build his own house but what does it say about Solomon in that he spent twice as much time building his own house as he did building the temple?  It seems like Solomon's priorities were out of balance.

Solomon built the temple based on the plan that he had.  We need to have a plan for our life but we don't want to have a plan that puts twice as much emphasis on our own life as it does on what God has planned for us to do.  We need to ask ourselves, what are we building, what is it that we are investing ourselves and our money in, and does what we are doing go more towards building our own life or are we helping to build the Kingdom of God?  By asking these kinds of questions and taking an honest look at our life we can see what we are really focusing on.

It is easy to get wrapped up in what is happening in our own life and to neglect what God has planned for us.  Make no mistake about it, God wants to bless us and give us good things.  But should we really spend twice as much time "building our own house" and focusing on our own plans as we spend following God and doing His will?  Nothing will satisfy us like doing the will of God and following His plan.  If we keep our eyes first of all on God and what He is directing us to do we will fulfill God's will for our life and also find out that it is easier for us to accomplish our own personal goals.

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