“Jesus Christ is sovereign over earth, but what we do on earth has profound spiritual implications for each of us that will last for eternity. As citizens of heaven, we must live with the spiritual reality of the universe in mind. We are commanded to “work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling” while on earth (Philippians 2: 12) because doing so shapes the quality of our eternities (1 Corinthians 3: 10–15).” from “The Discipline of Delusion: How Secular Ideas Became the New Idolatry” by Jerry Bangert
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father.” 1 Kings 6:12
Solomon’s Temple was David’s idea. When David became King of Israel he said, “See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.”214 God responded by noting that from the beginning He had never dwelt in a house, nor commanded any of His people to build one for Him. Other gods may dwell in temples, for they aren’t going anywhere, but a temple, as symbolized by His living in a tent, cannot contain God. Nevertheless God allowed David’s son Solomon to build a temple.
During the construction of the temple in Solomon’s reign, God acknowledges his act of devotion, but reminds him that what He really wants is obedience. When you become the object of God’s grace and ponder the wonder of His redemption, it evokes a desire for reciprocity. “If only I can do something for God.” In earlier centuries His people built great cathedrals to His glory. Today people come from afar to admire the aesthetics and wonder at the architecture and engineering of the Gothic arches and flying buttresses, while giving scant thought of the God for whom it was built. More often than not, what you seek to do for God will call the world’s attention to you rather than to the One for whom you are doing it.
Your heart may burst with love and devotion to Christ, causing you to want to do great things for Him. This is only natural and God accepts such expressions. But remember what He said to King Solomon: “…walk in My statutes and execute My judgments, and keep all My commandments…” Nothing you ever do for God can act as a substitute for a life of obedience.
214 II Samuel 7:2
1 Chronicles 4-6 John 6:1-21 (New King James Version)
1 Chronicles 4-6
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