The Rest Follows
Dr. John K. Mathew
"Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way". (1 Cor:14:40)This is Apostle Paul's concluding remark regarding the order of worship. There are three possible reasons for this instruction. Firstly, God is deeply concerned with the manner in which his people use the gifts and talents he has provided. Secondly, God cares a great deal about how we represent him before the eyes of an unbelieving world.
Thirdly, our God is the author of order. Michael Anthony, in his book "Management Essentials For Christian ministries, writes, "Nothing happens in nature with out some purpose and design. The manner in which the universe is held together reveals the character of God's incredible design. Likewise, the Scripture clearly teaches that god intends for his people to be governed with in a system of order and consistent coordination". This was seen by the way God organized the tribes of Israel and gave the priestly tribe of Levi specific responsibilities for moving and maintaining the tabernacle.
Christians should set an example before other people in leading a disciplined life. Solomon the wisest among all who lived, tells us to learn some lessons from ants. It reads "Go to the ant You sluggard; Consider its ways and be wise"(Pro.6:6) There are atleast ten lessons we can learn from ants. First and formost they are very organized.
Observe their move and work. They are not idle. They survive because they are highly organized. Yes, we have to learn lessons from little ants. Lack of discipline is a common feature of the Indian society. Same thing is true about the Christians as well. It is because of disrespect of the law. I remember the days of the Emergency that the people of India obeyed the law and the society maintained disciplne.
The sign of a cultured and civilized society is having this discipline always and in all walks of life. We should not let God declare an Emergency. We have to be self disciplined and organized. Our God is a God of order, so that everything needs to be decent and in order.