Part 5 – Wise Life Principals
Proverbs 4:7-8 says,
“Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. 8 If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honour you.”
Wisdom is priceless, we should be seeking it in every opportunity we have. A life exalted and honoured, is a life that pursues wisdom. When Solomon was anointed King, he asked God for one thing: wisdom.
Someone once said, “Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.” The Bible supports this teaching. The time you spend with the wise, will make you wise; but if you spend time with fools, it will bring your life to a stop.
Here are some wise principles for your life:
1) Be trustworthy in the small things
The Bible tells us not to despise the days of the small things. Whatever we’re involved in, let’s do our very best.
“Be faithful in the small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” — Anonymous
Many times, we look beyond our small assignment, waiting for a bigger one. But the secret is, when we’re faithful in those small, hidden assignments, that’s where the strength of our character is forged. Then we are ready to embrace the bigger things God has for us.
Read Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25. The master said to his servant,
‘…You have been faithful in handling this small amount…’
This is what God expects from us! What are we doing with the talents we have?
College football player and coach, Bear Bryant, said,
“It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.”
How do we go from good to great? By “blooming where we are planted.” Tell yourself that no matter what you’re doing, you’ll give it your very best. Focus on the opportunity you have before you today. The next opportunity will come and find you, if you’re excelling with what your assignment is today.
Wherever you are, make that place better. Enrich that place. Let people know you were there. Wisdom’s reward is that people will empower and invest in you, because they trust you. Trust is earned when we are faithful in the small things.
The next principle for your life is,
2) Be a second miler
The Bible says, “If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.”
We live in a world that does just enough to get by. As followers of Jesus, we are NOT supposed to be those kinds of people. We’re called by God to be salt and light. Wherever we go, we make things a little better, a little brighter. We should never be content to just coast along and be average.
In Genesis 24, we see that Rebekah went the second mile. Abraham’s servant asked God to show him a woman who would offer him and his camels water; for by this he would know she was to be Isaac’s wife. When Rebekah saw the servant, she not only gave him water, but took about 100 trips to the well to serve his camels, too. Because Rebekah went the second mile, she was promoted in life to be in the lineage of Jesus. She stepped onto the pages of history.
We don’t know what could happen in our lives when we go that second mile. What will God do with us?
Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
Another reward of wisdom is that you will never lack greater opportunities. Always be the one who does more, who goes further.
The third principle for your life is,
3) Be honourable
a) Honour God
Live a life that endeavours to please God. This is to be your main focus in life. How do you honour God? You align your life with His Word and teaching and live it every day. Obedience honours our Lord.
b) Honour others
Look for the best in people, and speak the best about people. Be quick to praise, affirm, and honour. At all times, we should follow the golden rule: “treat others as you want to be treated.”
Call the champion out of people, for His glory. People are desperate for affirmation. It sets us apart when we are honourable.
c) Honour our commitments
Be a person of your word. Proverbs 3:4 says,
“Then you will find favour with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.”
Isn’t that amazing? I want to be in that position. Finish what you start.
A former marathon runner, John Akhwari, competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. During his marathon, he fell and badly injured his knee. Instead of quitting the race, he took nearly three and a half hours to finish it. After he limped across the finish line, an interviewer asked him why he continued running. He said,
“my country did not send me 5,000 miles to start the race; they sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race.”
Let’s be known as people who finish the race.
When we sow honour, we reap honour. New Life, let’s pursue wisdom with all our hearts. Be faithful in the small things, always give more than expected, and be honourable.
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on July 28, 2019 at New Life Christian Church