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By: Sev Seane
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure it, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being” ~ Matthew 6: 19-21 (The Message)
A life beyond an earthly legacy means a commitment to a cause that outlives our lives. A commitment that will continue long after we have left our earthy lives behind. There are many worthy causes out there but the most important one of them with eternal significance is building the kingdom of God.
What is the kingdom of God? It can be described in many different ways. The kingdom of God is God’s work in the world with regards to the salvation of mankind though Jesus Christ, commissioned through the local church. (This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. John 3:16~The Message).
The kingdom of God is not superficial but practical in that God meets the needs of his children through His authority including healing, deliverance, signs, wonders and power of the Holy Spirit. (Jereriah 30:17; Jeremiah 17:14-18; Luke 4:18; Matt 9:35). The kingdom of God is the fulfilment of the Christian life, with all its attainments and all its hopes (1 Corinthians 4:20). The kingdom of God constitutes of taking care of the needy and destitute, the widows and the orphans, basically the less privileged. (1 John 3:17; Exodus 22:22; Matthew 5:7). Although our lives are not just about going to heaven, we need to live them with a heavenly perspective, meaning what is a priority to God should also be our first priority. God’s number one priority is His kingdom. The Bible encourages us to “seek first God’s kingdom” (Mathew 6:33, NIV). Building His kingdom is an act of service. It is a way of honouring Him.
We as the members of the church remain the building blocks or living stones of the church. 1 Peter 2:5 (ESV) proclaims that in saying “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house”. We remain a complete unit or a “whole structure, being joined together” (Ephesians 2:21-22, ESV). We need to continue to build one another and encourage one another (Ephesians 4:29). Building the kingdom of God is an extension of the personal relationship that each one of us has with God (I John 5:5-10). It is a continuation of the great commission, the equipping of the believers and other essential functions of the church which remains the moral compass of society and the anchor of family life, sound values and morals. Our bodies themselves remain the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, NIV).
The essence of this is that all that we have has been borrowed from God and we need to be good stewards of it (Psalm 50:10; 1 Corinthians 4:2). We need to live a life of honour unto the Lord because life without God is vanity (Ecclesiastes 1). A passing vapour that will vanish (James 4:14). The reason you and I need to look beyond a legacy on earth, is that death itself is not final, but the eternal judgment is final (Hebrews 9:27).
About the author
Sev Seane is a sought-after motivational speaker and business consultant who has worked with various public institutions, government departments. Non-governmental organizations, non-profit and faith-based organizations. He is the founder and director of “Blossoming Destiny Business Coaching”, a Human Capital Development company focused on staff and management training, motivational seminars and team-building workshops. He has had extensive media coverage such as on Metro Fm, Succeed Magazine Wealth Wise Magazine. He is also profiled on Who Is Who Southern Africa. He has a formal training as a counselling psychologist but he is not practicing, choosing to pursue business interests. He has a comprehensive 12 years’ experience in community development. For more bookings or enquiries kindly call +27725975810 or log into sevseane.weebly.com