with the Seagulls all screaming ?
(Do seagulls scream?)
"Mine, Mine, Mine"
It is as we are trying to live for Christ as 'one kingdom' people (I would add - as a River), the enemy comes along and asks us questions like the following:
Does everything really have to be God's? Does God really need everything? Consider this. You work hard. You go the extra mile and put up with difficult people. You play by the rules, and as a result, you earn a good paycheck and make a good living. You earn this money, so you ought to have some say over how you get to spend it, right? I mean it just seems fair that at least your money ought to be in your control, doesn't it? Shouldn't you have a say over what happens with your personal funds? You've given God everything else. God will not care if you take your money and do with it as you please. Give some of it to the church - that's okay - but the rest should be yours. Doesn't God want you to be happy? And what about your job? That's not really part of God's stuff. What you do with your job and your money - and certainly with your leisure time - is really not God's concern. He is only interested in the spiritual part of your life. God knows you love Him, and the churchy part of your life looks pretty good. So enjoy the rest. You worked hard for it, after all"
I have come to Christ. I am a new creature - Born again - Forgiven - Justified and Purified. Yet there remains this element of 'mine-ism'. Why? The apostle Paul recognized it...
"For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. for I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want!" Romans 7:18-19
How does 'mine-ism' begin? As Rodin points out, I slowly begin to take little pieces of God's gifts to me and I begin to build a second kingdom: MY Kingdom. I fit it comfortably alongside the Kingdom of God. Or at least I try!
But in truth it really works in reverse. More often I come to Christ having built worldly kingdoms for myself. I've got sturdy walls to protect all kinds of great stuff in MY kingdom. I've got time and assets. I've got relationships and self-images. And who is the king of my kingdom? I am. And the world constantly reminds me- It is good to be King - of at least MY Kingdom.