Monday, December 31st,
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
in order the things that are wanting..." (Titus 1:5)
Don't you hate that little paper sign written
in sloppy magic marker that reads, "Out of order"? It is taped to the pay phone
when you need to make an important call or the pop machine during a craving for
some fizz. Worst is when the gas station restroom is out of order when making
an urgent highway pit stop. Gas station restrooms are out of order when they
are in order! The sign could as easily be taped to foreheads too. Many lives
are in chaos and disorder. When the copy machine is "out of order" it means
something is broke or jammed and needs fixing. The same goes for the soul.
Redemption is the process of setting things right.
God's passion is order. Look at the complex
design of the cosmos. Neptune can't wander into Mars' orbit. Stars and planets
know their place. What does not work in astronomy will not work in society. One
guy's garage is a death trap. Another gets farther and farther into debt. One parent
has lost control of the kids. Another drives drunk. This student won't do his
homework and that one won't stifle her hormones. In the beginning the whole
planet was "without form, and void" (Genesis 1:2) and until Christ returns I'm
not sure we can ever take the "Out of order" sign down.
But we have a manual for decluttering life.
Paul authorized Titus to "set in order" the things wanting in Crete. Someone
must take charge. Entropy is the natural physic law. If things are left to
themselves and not repaired and improved they will deteriorate. That demands
some discipline. Paul required, "Let all things be done decently and in order"
(1 Corinthians 14:40). He said to "withdraw yourselves from every brother that
walks disorderly" (2 Thessalonians 3:6). So the mind, emotions and thought-life
need order, as well, every relationship.
To be in order means you are willing to take an
order, voluntary submission. David prayed, "Order my steps in your word" (Psalm
119:133). Born confused we cannot order our own steps (Jeremiah 10:23). The
earthly order must pattern after the heavenly. God has an arrangement that we
are to follow. As to the Table of Shewbread Moses said, "Set in order the
things that are to be set in order upon it" (Exodus 40:4). Our lives reflect
that gold table. We are to order our thoughts, our steps, our stops, our
households, business affairs, marriage and ministry, etc. We speak of a
"balanced life" which really means a life that is back in proper order. This
issue takes precedence for the New Year for if debts are piling up and doubts
are piling on it is going to be near impossible to make any headway in your
vision. First things being first we need to "seek first the kingdom
of God and his righteousness". You can't touch home plate until you've turned
the bag on first and second, etc. An ordered world means loving your wife,
submitting to your husband, obeying them that have the rule over you, honoring
the boss, preferring your neighbor, staying fit, setting aside a devotional time
and so on. If too many irons are in the fire none of them really get hot. The
key is order, coming under order, obeying our marching orders and staying in
order. Each Olympian has his lane. Find your lane and run with it.