There’s no better way to start this new adventure towards godliness and becoming a Titus 2 woman than to lay the foundation.
Foundation (as defined at dictionary.com):
With that given definition can you tell which of these pictures has a strong foundation and which doesn’t?
Obviously, picture # 1 has an unstable foundation whereas the effort given to picture # 2 would eventually results to a more stable foundation. If you live your life now and your basis for living is your own personal strength and a stack of limited knowledge then you’re up to no good, if you don’t know Christ and has not accepted Him as your personal Savior, your foundation is just like the one in picture #1. Please don’t take this for granted for your life is at stake here. Send me an email or go to someone who can talk to you about salvation in Christ alone.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
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.
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15
When a master builder has a goal of creating a 30-storey building, he would create a stable foundation underneath—and that’s it! Is that right?
No, he would plan and ask several people to work on each floor, each section of the building until he finishes his original plan. There will be mistakes and delays but a good master builder will not stop until the 30-storey building becomes visible and useable by other people.
As a Christian, your foundation is your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. You need to build on that foundation, you need to work on it. How?
1. Have a clear goal on what you want to achieve, I pray that your goal is to be…
…a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:21)
Be organized with your schedule. ( Practical tip: Have a small notebook for your to-do lists everyday) This will help you give more time for your priorities. If you want to become a woman who will be effective and useable in the work of the Lord, you need to prioritize activities that will help you grow– and you need to be organized, period. If it’ll help you, post your GOAL in your room so you will always be reminded to fulfill that goal each day.
3. Take in as much spiritual food as you can
Just like the master builder who plans to make a 30-storey building, he can’t do it without proper knowledge on how to do the flooring, the posts, the design, etc., we can’t build on our foundation if we know little about Christ. Attending church services is one way to take in spiritual food, to know more about Christ, to know what He wants and what He doesn’t want, what needs to change, what needs to improve. But Church services are only during Sundays and Wednesdays (or Fridays on some churches) you need to initiate learning on your own–thus the term, “PERSONAL DEVOTION”/ “QUIET TIME”/ “GOD AND I TIME” Whatever you want to call, you have to do it ‘ cause you need it. I Peter 2:2 says,
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
A woman who wants to be used by God is continually hungry for knowledge of her Savior– of His Character, of His commandments.
4. Be with the right company
A master builder, no matter how knowledgeable he is about buildings needs people. You need other people as well. But not just anyone, a master builder sees to it that everyone in his team has the same goal as he has– to build upon the foundation! You need to be involved with people who has the same desire as you have (remember pt. # 1- GOAL). Why is this important? Well, basically if you go with friends who doesn’t have the desire to grow, those who are ” Christians” but has low standards, then you’re doomed!
I’m trying to put as much emphasis to this because I want you to be reminded that not because your friends are ” Christians” means they’re good influence. One test you can do to find out if you’re with the right company? The next time you come together to meet,try to compare:
1. # of minutes = you spend talking about Christ and
2. # of minutes = you spend talking about your crush, about that girl who irritates you, about movies, about anything else other than Christ.(For women this is a struggle!)
If you spend more time on non-spiritual things compared to that which is good for edifying one another, then they’re not a good influence for you to achieve your goal (remember pt. # 1- GOAL). The Bible talks about communication more than once, here’s one verse to keep in mind,
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Ephesians 4:29
You can be friends with them, of course! But then choose other godly Christians to be your company also.
5. Get involved in the ministry
There’s no better way to become useful in the Church than to be involved in the Church! You want to be a vessel fit for the Master’s use? Make yourself available in the ministry.
You can sing? Join the choir/ special numbers
You can teach? Be a part of Sunday school ministry or DVBS or if your church has an Academy, be a part of it.
You can write? Be a part of your weekly Church’s program/publication team/ write a poem and have someone put melody on it to create new music for your church
You can clean? Help arrange chairs after service, sweep the floor, put away trash
You can give good advice? Counsel other ladies, they need encouragement once in awhile
You can smile? Greet visitors and churchmates whenever you see them!
You can lead? Start a Ladies bible study/discipleship group
You see, there are several ways to be involved, the only reason that holds you back is your lack of desire to get involved. There’s always a place in the ministry for those who loves the Lord and wants to serve Him with what they have.
Scroll up and take a look again at our passage today, Paul tells the Corinthian Christians that after this life, all your works– all the things that you’ve done here on earth will be tested through fire, if it’s something done for Christ it’ll abide, if it’s selfish and worldly it will be burnt. If you go a few verses up, to verse 8, you will notice that Paul mentions the word “labour”
and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. v.8b
You don’t have to see the fruit of your labour to know that you’ve been successful in building upon your foundation. You don’t have to see your sunday school students grow to know that you are a successful Sunday School teacher, you don’t have to see your churchmate smile back at your to know that you’re a successful usher at church, you don’t have to see the church building expand to know that you’re a successful giver.
Remember this, your reward from God is based on your labour not on your fruit. Isn’t that encouraging? Just continue to build and the Lord will reward you for your commitment. Continue to learn of Christ, Continue to teach other ladies of what you’ve learned, continue to be involved in the ministry, continue to build on your foundation and soon you will be a vessel fit for the Master’s use!
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send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you all soon!