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Monday, December 31st, '18

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OUT OF ORDER

"...set 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.


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