The great Apostle Paul called himself a “Wise Master Builder”….I know that Paul walked in a great calling, his walk was a great testimony to multitudes. All are not called to be a Paul, but I’m sure there are quite a few out there. In our modern day walk we do have many wise elders and builders who follow Christ. One truth has been impressed upon me by the Lord, that we all begin small. We all begin as builders. We build our own houses. With a strong and sure foundation built upon the true gospel of Christ, we are building our house of faith and prayer. Our life testimony of darkness, oppressions and afflictions and God’s overcoming wonders is the beginning of our house. We become his witnesses to others.
There are instructions and warnings in the word which teach us that some build with gold and silver and rich ornaments of truth, while some build with wood, hay and stubble. We need wise discernment in order to survive and even thrive in the midst of fiery trials and temptations. We are taught that the strong support the weak, and that some will need mercy and help to come up out of the fires of low places. Hearers and seekers will thrive.
Jesus and his truth and mercy is the foundation of the righteous. He is the supremacy over all things. We don’t add to him, we surrender to him and he lives in power and love and righteousness through us. He is the vine that feeds us with life and love. His way is above and beyond all of the cares of this life. Our life search for the unsearchable riches of his treasures laid up for us is the delight of our hearts. Holy Spirit is as the winds and he is the greater of all winds. The wise lean into the winds of the spirit and press through the strong winds of adversity which come. The plans of our enemy, satan, are to interfere with and destroy our desire to build ourselves up into a spiritual house well pleasing to our God. Holy Spirit is faithful to guard and guide all who listen for his voice and heed his reign.
Faithful meditations on the word of God to his saints will cause a good prosperity in our building work, through faith and fellowship in submission to him. His purposes prosper in the all of wise who love his law, and nothing will offend them.
Abiding in the vine, abiding in the vine. Love, joy, peace, he has made them mine!