LIVE BY DESIGN NOT BY DEFAULT
CHAYIL Pillars are seven pillars for a focused life with great values, to develop great character, and to intentionally grow like Jesus for holistic success and eternal legacy. The CHAYIL Pillars are worship, wisdom, power, honor, favor, wealth, and influence. The CHAYIL Pillars mirror the intentional growth of Jesus, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52). The Spirit of Wisdom directs us to be intentional with our lives, to live by design and not by default. “Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out (created) its seven pillars.” (Prov. 9:1). This will result in personal transformation with empowerment to trigger revival beginning with you. The seven CHAYIL Pillars as seen in the life of Jesus are:
Jesus worshiped and honored His Father publicly and taught His disciples to do the same, (Matt. 6:9). His obedience and sacrificial life was worship. Worship is a lifestyle and reflects who you are and whose you are. You worship what or whom you give the legal rights to own and control you. Worship belongs to God who loves you enough to die on a cross for you, to invite you to be a member of His royal family, and who is committed to protect, provide, and preserve you forever. “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” (Luke 4:8).
Jesus grew in wisdom that was noticeable and people were “amazed at His wisdom”, (Matt.13:54). With wisdom He ruled His world with focused actions, dealt with people, made the right choices, and obeyed His Father. Solomon who was the wisest man in his time says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore, get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7). If Jesus grew in wisdom, that should also be an intentional priority in our lives.
From a baby to a man Jesus grew in power, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” Acts 10:38. His power in us needs to manifest with relevance in all areas. Power is a compound word that means ability, strength, endurance, might, creativity, and innovative. Divine Power is a gift of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers (Acts 1:8). Apostle Paul said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13).
Jesus grew in honor. He was honored by His Father, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.” (John 8:54). The people honored Him, “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’” (Matt. 21:9). Growing in honor for us includes growing in respect, esteem, integrity, honesty, loyalty, trustworthy, worth, value, and distinction.
Jesus grew in favor with God and with men, (Luke 2:52). We too should make it our life priority to grow in favor with God resulting in us growing in favor with people. Jesus was anointed to proclaim and give favor to all people, (Luke 4:19). The favor of God is a powerful force that will open doors for you that no one can shut; bring you before people of influence for new opportunities and sponsorship; and make you receive unlimited blessings from God.
Jesus grew in wealth from a baby with His first expensive gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh (Matt. 2:11). As Son of God, He is the owner of the universe and all its wealth. The angels sing about His wealth in heaven, (Rev. 5:12). God’s plan for His people, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11). God’s Name is Provider because He is the owner of all wealth.
Jesus is the Savior of our world. He birthed His Church over two thousand years ago and today billions of Christians acknowledge Him as God their Savior. Through His believing servants His influence continues as in obedience we, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” (Matt.28:19) sharing His love, hope, and goodness with others. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).