Through wisdom a house, life, home, family, and business is built and established. Layer by layer your life is laid, and through professional work habits you prevent poverty taking up residence as your permanent business partner.
Proverbs 21:3, teaches that a wise people are builders. That’s how the passion translation renders it. The King James says that wisdom builds the House, you know, through wisdom, a house, a life, a home, a family business is built and established layer on layer. Your life is laid and three professional work habits. You prevent poverty taking up residence as your permanent business partner. Again, I’m pulling from Proverbs 12 in The Passion translation where, you know, were warned against laziness.
But here it tells us, you know, that we need to be applying ourself in a diligent way to prevent poverty, moving in and taking up a role as a partner in whatever business we’re involved in. You know, we really do have to be a people who are applying ourselves diligently, consistently and wisely to move things in the direction that we want to see them go. You know, there’s there’s a beautiful verse as well in the tiny little epistle of Jude that urges us to pray in a certain way.
And again, it leads in to this idea of being a builder, building our life in the natural building, our life in the spirit. Jude 1:j20. This has always been one of my favourite verses. And I’m reading from the amplified Bible. It says, But you beloved building yourselves up, founded on your most holy faith, make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher. Praying in the Holy Spirit. Build yourself up.
Praying in the Holy Spirit. You know, the scriptures are so full of promises. But surely one of the greatest of all is the promise that we will be judged with the power of the Holy Spirit to pray in a way that bypasses our own understanding, bypasses our own knowledge of what’s needed or what needs to be prayed for, what needs to be said, or how it needs to be said. You know, again, in the Book of Romans, it says, When we do not know how to pray or what to pray, the Holy Spirit himself will pray in and through us.
Yeah, that the will impact not just our own lives in our own circle, but far, far beyond that. So prayer and practise work hand in hand in hand. So we begin to build a legacy that is designed to last. And Jesus, as we know, is our business partner.
He’s our family counselor. He’s our spiritual leader. He’s our life coach, all rolled into one whatever sphere of life you want to focus on, Jesus is right there to help you. Jesus is right there to lead you and infuse you with whatever is necessary to succeed. The Christian life is a life of victory. And the Bible says that Jesus is the wisdom of God. One Corinthians, 1:30 says but of him, are you in Christ Jesus who have God has been made to us.
Wisdom. Yeah. Wisdom builds the house, the family, the life, the business, whatever area Jesus is there to be and to you, whatever wisdom is necessary to succeed and to experience victory. And so taking time to press into God’s presence and listen to his direction is the wisest use of time that any of us can offer if we’re going to put our time on the altar. You know how I can’t think of a better place to put it than on the altar of prayer?
We place plenty of our time on the altar of Netflix or Instagram or whatever. Whatever, whatever your whatever. Yeah. Whatever your addiction may be. Okay. But how much more fruitful and how much more pleasant and how much more powerful is it to be very intentional and be very. Kind of direction to to direct our lives in a manner that prioritises prayer, prioritises spending time in God’s presence and listening to his voice. It really is regular prayer is the best business decision you’ll ever make.
And, you know, the Internet wants to hustle people to pay for things that will never satisfy them. You know, it’s it’s it’s all about being faster, bigger, cheaper, easier. But the whole thing and the way I describe it is it’s just that whole thing is just built on a beach. It’s built on sand, you know, when but we want to put down deep roots. Jesus has called us as businessmen and women, as Christian believers, as people seeking to make an impact in the world, to build our house on the rock, to to dig deep.
Yeah. Into the rock and establish our life in a way that can rise like an edifice and never be toppled. And it’s no good having a life that’s built above ground like some huge tower, but it’s got no foundation in how many times have we seen people who have toppled over because they didn’t have that foundation of character and that foundation of faith undergirding their influence out in the world and their voice out in the world? Because, see, your legacy stretches beyond this life.
And, you know, while we’re here on Earth, you know, there is actually a residence that is presently being built in heaven, presently being prepared for us to occupy in heaven. You know, we span both realms, the spiritual and the natural, the eternal and the temporal. And I believe with all my heart that our actions here on Earth can be informed by eternity, can be informed by something beyond this world. So instead of chasing the wind, we need to learn to shut out the noise and listen carefully to the voice of God inside us, or we will end up running in circles or running after this shiny opportunity or that shiny opportunity and never really finding a place where we feel kind of rooted and satisfied that we are walking in the perfect will of God, not for someone else’s life, but for our life.
And and, you know, in that respect, God himself has moved in and taken up residence within your heart, within your heart. He could not be closer. He is there with you. The spirit of wisdom himself lives in you to direct your steps and say, but in all of that, it’s not just a passive. Oh, yes, I believe that. Therefore, I don’t need to do anything. I don’t need to think. I don’t need to learn.
I don’t need to educate myself. That’s not what we’re saying. Yeah. It’s actually what we want to do is as a result of that, because of that understanding that we are not in this alone, we want to build sound habits and diligent actions into our daily routines because that really is the key to building. It’s like like every day is another brick in this strong tower that we are erecting in our each day is another opportunity to lay another stone, put another layer down and establish further the legacy that we will leave.
So I just I just really want to encourage you today and urge you even not to be negligent, you know, catch yourself when you excuse laziness. You know, as a leader, your first port of call is right on your own doorstep. Lead yourself and then you will be equipped to lead others, take inventory of your time and wisely consider how you’re spending your days. Psalm 90:12, another firm favourite. Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom again.
That word wisdom or is the new the New Living Testament. I love this one actually. It says Teach us to realise the brevity of life so that we may grow in wisdom when we get a when we get a grip. On how short our time here on the planet may be, we understand that we’ve not got time to waste. We’ve not got time to mess around making passionate prayer and diligent practical habits that crystallised your value in ways that can benefit and help and build other people should be part of our routine.
You know, don’t shy away from whatever changes are necessary to make that happen and and embrace diligence, embrace discipline as friends and partners in your and in your endeavours. Sometimes we can like back off of those things like that. Like that. They are somehow yeah. They’re often not looked at in the most positive way. But really discipline is such a beautiful thing. In fact, as the scriptures tell us, don’t they, that we have been called to be disciples, which literally means disciplined ones.
Yeah. Your life, your life and your legacy are being built, built on a daily basis. And as you build yourself, you’ll naturally also be equipped and anointed to build others. Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully it’s been an encouragement to you today. If you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website at Davidleemartin.com. Have a great day.