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“And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.” (Exodus 25:40 NKJV)


We all are builders, whether we realize it or not. We are constantly building somebody or something. Our buildings could be our lives, children, families, homes, careers, businesses, or ministries.

Although God gives us somebody or something to build, He is the builder of everything.

The Scripture states, “For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.” (Heb. 3:4 RSV).

Therefore, whenever God calls us to build for Him, He calls us to partner with Him.

As co-builders with God, we are not expected to build anything independently of God. Sadly, many people today are building without respect for God—His plan, process, pattern, principle, or purpose.

Although everybody is a builder, not everybody is a wise builder!

How do you know if you are a wise or a foolish builder?

There are primarily two ways to know: the tests of life and God’s response!

First, if you are a wise builder who builds according to God’s plan or pattern, following God’s instructions and principles, what you build will withstand life’s tests, trials, or pressures.

No matter what comes against your life, marriage, home, family, career, business, or ministry, if it is built on God’s solid foundation and according to God’s pattern, it will stand and not fall apart, crumble, or collapse.

The Lord Jesus aptly explains this truth in the Parable of the Two Builders.

Matthew 7:24-27 – NKJV

 24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:

 25 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

 26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:

 27 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

You are a wise builder if you conform to Jesus’ teaching and example!

Many marriages, homes, families, businesses, and ministries are crumbling and falling apart today, not because Satan has become wiser, stronger, or fiercer in his attacks than he used to be, but simply because many are building independently of God and in utter disregard for God’s building plans, patterns, and principles.

When a believer chooses to build, run, or manage his marriage, home, family, business, or career according to the wisdom, pattern, ways, or principles of this world, whatever he builds cannot withstand the attacks of the devil or the pressures of life, but will eventually fall apart and collapse (Matt. 7:26-27).

Second, by God’s attitude or response to what you have built, you can know if you are a wise or foolish builder.

If God takes delight in what you have built and fills it with His awesome presence and glory, you are a wise builder.

When it was time to rebuild the temple, God said to the children of Israel, “Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD.” (Hag. 1:8 NKJV).

For the believers, the ultimate end or purpose of whatever we build is God’s glory. Therefore, if God rejects what you have built and refuses to fill it with His presence, you are a foolish builder and have not built according to God’s pattern.

God’s awesome glory or presence is absent today in many homes, families, careers, businesses, and ministries. That shows we are not building today according to God’s plans, patterns, and principles.

God always shows His delight and approval of anything we build according to His specifications, plans, or principles by filling it with His awesome presence and glory.

Before Moses started to build the tabernacle for God in the wilderness, he was called up unto the mountain, where God showed him the divine design, plan, pattern, or specification for His tabernacle.

Afterward, Moses was instructed thus: “And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.” (Exo. 25:40 NKJV).

Was Moses a wise or a foolish builder?

Consider God’s response or attitude towards what he built (Exo. 40:33-35)!

When Moses had finished building and setting up the tabernacle according to God’s specifications, God showed His delight and approval by His glory filling the tabernacle.

Exodus 40:33-35 – NKJV

33 And he raised up the court all around the tabernacle and the altar, and hung up the screen of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.

 34 Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Moses was a wise builder, for God inhabited and filled the tabernacle he built with His glory.

Likewise, when Solomon had finished building the Temple according to the divine plans and specifications delivered to him by his father David, the glory of the LORD filled the temple (1 Chro. 28:11-12).

2 Chronicles 7:1-3 – NKJV

 1 When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

 2 And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’S house.

 3 When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.”

That clearly shows that Solomon was a wise builder.

God’s awesome presence in what you have built confirms that you are a wise builder. If God’s awesome presence or glory is missing in what you have built, you are certainly not a wise builder.

Beloved, if you examine your home, marriage, family, career, business, or ministry and you cannot visibly see, perceive or discern God’s awesome presence or glory, you are not building in conformity to God’s specification or pattern.

What should you do?

Go up to the mountain!

Like Moses, go up into God’s presence (God’s Word) to see clearly and receive His blueprint or pattern for whatever He has called you to build for Him.

God’s perfect pattern, model, or example for all buildings today is His Son, Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:1-3)!

God said loud and clear from heaven, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Matth. 17:5 RSV).

Friend, you can never build to God’s delight without knowing Jesus, believing in Jesus, surrendering to Jesus, listening to Jesus, obeying and following Jesus, and conforming wholly to Jesus’ teaching and example.

Jesus said, “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock.” (Matthew 7:24 RSV).

Choose to be a wise builder today by building only on Jesus’ words and according to Jesus’ example!


Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me Jesus Christ as the perfect pattern for building my life and all that You have given me to build. My Dear Holy Spirit, teach and help me see and know Jesus deeper in the Scripture so that I can wholly conform to His pattern, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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