“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the Chief Cornerstone; In whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto a Holy Temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:18-22
"And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in very little, have thou authority over ten cities." Luke 19:17
Wow! Maybe it’s time to celebrate a promotion? Well, the question is what have you done with what God has given you? Nobody can argue that God hasn't given to them anything! No matter how much or how little a person has, it has come from God, and a responsibility came with it. So, the question remains, what have you done with what God has given you? If you have been faithful and applied all that you have to a good use, and it has blessed God and others, then you are in line for a promotion. God doesn’t start by promoting us to high levels without first observing our heart and testing us to see if we will use it for good. We might be asking for better things, but what have we done with what we already have been given? Be faithful in the little things and he will give to you greater blessings!
Remember success for Cornelius came from giving, he was faithful in the little things and suddenly he was commissioned unto greater things.
You will see this theme played out throughout the entire Bible and throughout the history of mankind.
From those that started their small business or church in their parent’s back yard and saw it become an international phenomenon, unto those that created a huge world-wide corporation from a little radio shop. These were faithful in the little things and were made responsible for greater things. Names like Nokia who started in wood pulp and moved to rubber boots until 1968. Sony started a small radio repair shop in 1958. IBM started with coffee grinders and time clocks. Others started ministry in their garage or home cell group like Rod Parsley who began leading a Bible study in his parent’s back yard and now is the Senior Pastor of World Harvest Church. Others like Pacific Garden Missions, D.L. Moody, and Warner Brothers, Harry, Sam, Albert, and Jack. The list is huge, but the point is clear. Do not despise small beginnings.
“For who hath despised the day of small things?” Zechariah 4:10a
Too many of the greats started as little and became great by being faithful!
The importance of building a firm foundation!
"According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master-builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let man take heed how he builds thereon. For another foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." 1Corinthians 3:10
Along with many industries, the construction industry has recently been afflicted with economic woes. I believe that many of these afflictions are due to the laying of another foundation other than Jesus Christ. Many have lifted up by the roots the previous foundations that were laid, such as prayer and the reading of the Bible, and have replaced these with a foundation that is beginning to crumble.
That replacement foundation of gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, and stubble may look nice and seem secure, but they are not a firm foundation, as we have all recently discovered through the collapse of many markets and industries. Only through Jesus is a firm foundation laid. I speak heavily to the construction industry because they understand the importance of having laid the right foundation. For those of you who still insist upon unearthing the foundation of Jesus Christ in this country or any other, I remind you of the cost! All other ground is sinking sand! If you are not building a foundation on Jesus Christ it will collapse!
"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is." 1Corinthians 3:13 Now as a suggestion, I recommend that instead of moaning about such collapse, repent and replace, where the foundations of Jesus Christ have been removed, put them back! Bring Jesus back into your building plans!
“If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.” 1Corinthians 4:14
Our success depends on what foundation we have built on.
A Firm Foundation leads to success!
EXERPT FROM 21 STONES BY C.M.