The Proper Foundation
As we navigate our business expansion, each step of the way I am asking for guidance from the Lord. Should I hire that person? Should I use this type of financing? Is this the right equipment?
A few years ago I would have been a mess trying to figure all of this out. Yes, you count the costs. Yes, you search for the right equipment. Yes, you talk to the bank. Yes, you talk to vendors and yes, you talk with your spouse about all of this. However, ultimately, it is His guidance I seek.
As Christ followers we are suppose to ask ourselves how would the Lord handle things in my life? I have found if I seek His guidance and I’m willing to listen, I will succeed.
I wonder how many business owners woke up this morning and ask the Lord how they should conduct their business today? How should they handle their finances or speak to their employees or expand or ???. I wonder…
The Proper Foundation
by Os Hillman
Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. – Psalm 127:1a
Imagine spending years building an expensive home with the finest materials and craftsmanship. It is a work of art, and the project is almost complete. As the day arrives to move in, a building inspector arrives and hands you a notice that condemns your beautiful home because it doesn’t meet code.
Many Christian workplace believers who invest years in their businesses will one day stand before the Lord and realize they were building the house, not the Lord. God is very picky about motives behind the actions. Before we act, we must ask why? Why are we doing what we are doing? Has God called us to this task? Or is the real motive purely financial? Or control. Or prestige.
If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work (1 Corinthians 3:12-13).
David learned this principle by the end of his life. Throughout his life he had learned that God always tested him to find out what was in his heart, and what his motive was in his actions. David instructed his son to “…acknowledge the God of your father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts” (1 Chron. 28:9a).