Kingdom Building vs. Empire Building

One of my Bible college professors, Dr. Glen Reiff, teaches there are two ways of serving God. There is “kingdom building” and there is “empire building.”

Empire building refers to doing church work to make a name for yourself or make a show of what you are capable of doing. Their thinking goes, “Sure I’m doing this for God’s glory, but I want some credit.” No one admits to empire building, but stay around some folks long enough and you’ll see what motivates them.

Kingdom building on the other hand is when a person truly works toward building the Kingdom of God. Kingdom builders don’t seek self-recognition or build memorials for themselves. Their genuine heart motive is to get people ready for eternity.

It would be amazing how much we could see accomplished for Christ if we didn’t care who got the credit for it. What will be your focus today, empire building or kingdom building? When we reach eternity, we’ll realize it was only the kingdom builders who redeemed the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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