"Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house." Proverbs 24:27
First things first the Bible teaches us.
In my journey to faith I've encountered many interesting people with intriguing words of wisdom. One such person is Gennaro "The Broker" Savarese of Securities America San Diego.
One piece of wisdom that he bestowed upon me comes with a story. One day an individual came to him to invest some money. After asking the person a few questions Gennaro realized that this individual had some financial concerns. Of course Gennaro could have taken the money, invested it and then received his commission but instead he recommended the gentleman keep his money and get his house in order first.
You see what is the point of locking up capital that you could use to stabilize your finances. The lesson to be learned is "first things first." First get your financial house stabilized then invest.
I can relate this story to my ministry. When I first began my faith walk I was very eager to preach to the whole world on how God grabbed hold of me. My enthusiasm was quickly halted when I was given the advice to get my house in order first.
"What? I can't take the pulpit and share my story now!"
No. Before God was going to allow me to share my story He was first going to take some of the junk out of my life (addictions, pride and secret sins) and then replace them with a piece of Him (love, joy, peace, faithfulness, and self-control). God was first going to change me, test me and then approve me to be His instrument.
Along my journey to faithfulness came the stories that I share with you weekly and the stories in my book God Made Me Pick Up Underwear.
If I had ignored the the advice to get my house in order then my ministry would have been built upon the sand (unstable foundation).
So remember "first things first", get your house in order, get all your ducks in a row, put your horse before your carriage.