We see them in secular life quite often. The person, perhaps in a leadership position, who’s filling his or her own boots to the detriment of the cause they’re apparently (or supposedly) fighting for. This is the base hypocrite; the liar... the person living a lie of a life for an altogether temporary, and therefore, pathetic gain.
God cannot support hypocrisy:
“But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood’” –1 Chronicles 28:3 (NIV). A salient gospel principle unfolds. The builders of wrong collapse eventually, and their ruins with them. David wasn’t an out-an-out hypocrite and the wars he fought were ordinarily on behalf of God but his life clearly stood in the way of the further purposes of God.
There are those in our midst’s who build for God, supposedly, but really they’re building for themselves. They operate under the name of God but they are charlatans really; they’re only out to pad their own very abundant egos which simmer unrecognisable (to most) under the veil of their shadowy, elusive existence.
Some rather high profile people are amongst this. It happens in all walks of life.
They build not for God, and in the end they’ll be frustrated by little reward or are even devastated by catastrophic consequences. And in the end it may even be difficult to detect these from the faithful servant, reward-wise. And this is where, in the heavenly realm, God will have most to say.
A couple of the psalms attend to this sentiment:
“Since they show no regard for the works of the LORD and what his hands have done, he will tear them down and never build them up again” –Psalm 28:5 (NIV). Again, “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain” –Psalm 127:1 (NIV).
Kingdom builders of a different kind build fragile kingdoms and their folly finds them out; if not now, certainly in the life to come.
We must conform to the truth and live that life now.