HOUSE OF LEADERSHIP VISION
Do you have a blueprint for success? In your business, family, or non-profit institution, do you have building plans to positively influence your target audience? Tucked away in the Bible’s Thirty Sayings of the Wise is God’s secret blueprint for any organization or movement to successfully lead its culture. I call it, The House of Leadership.
The footer is humility.
We must first dig down before God lays our foundation. Solomon taught, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Prov. 11:2). Whereas, pride is a hard heart, humility is a soft heart—bending the knees of our hearts first toward God and then toward others. Solomon’s theme of Proverbs states, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10). The fear of the LORD is humility toward God, our first step in the House of Leadership. This is the starting point for building a satisfied life: “Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life” (Prov. 22:4). Solomon declared God’s role in the construction of any successful movement as a nonnegotiable: “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1). When my heart softened from pride to humility toward God and others, I was in a position for God to lay the foundation of wisdom in my life.
The foundation is wisdom.
Next, He lays our foundation. Too often, our foundation is foolishness. Solomon communicated, “By wisdom a house is built” (Prov. 24:3a). House, bayith in Hebrew, refers to any organization or movement. The foundation is where the vertical intersects with the horizontal—the definition of wisdom: God’s heart (vertical) intersecting with street smarts (horizontal). Wisdom helps us apply our vertical relationship with God to our horizontal circumstances. The Jews’ ultimate name for God was Wisdom. The apostle Paul defined the wisdom of God not as a principle, but as a person—Christ (1 Cor. 1:24). He went on to define Christ as the only foundation (1 Cor. 3:11). This was not a new idea. Proverbs, the book of wisdom, described the pre-incarnate Christ as the wisdom of God (Prov. 8:22-31). When I exchanged money for wisdom as the foundation of my life, God began to transform the rubble of my foolish failures into success.
The framework is understanding.
After digging our footer and laying our foundation, He builds our framework. Solomon continued, “And through understanding it is established” (Prov. 24:3b). Understanding is insight that occurs through the Holy Spirit (Prov. 9:10). Established means “to build up.” In order to build upon our foundation of wisdom, we must be equipped with the framework to see inside others. Understanding sees inside a person’s heart where we would like to build a bridge. Understanding moved me from interpersonal conflict, laden with misunderstandings, to insight into others.
The furnishings are knowledge.
Once our house is built, it is time to furnish it. Solomon concluded, “Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures” (Prov. 24:4). Knowledge is the connection of the innermost part of two or more persons through the Spirit of God. Consequently, knowledge is not merely information; rather it is intimacy, an experiential connection with others. In essence knowledge is a bridge we can cross to connect with the heart of another. Therefore, The House of Leadership is primarily about developing wise relationships. I made my living by auctioning rare and beautiful treasures; however, I learned that the only treasures on earth that will last for eternity are relationships.
The House of Leadership is God’s blueprint for success. This was His design when He created the earth: “By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew” (Prov. 3:19-20). God’s design restored my marketplace and ministry life. I hope The House of Leadership will do the same for you.