We always expect everything to go right, but sometimes they go out of hand. As humans, we make sure there are plans, strategies, and structure put in place in order to ensure that a particular project or program succeeds. In any case where the plans do not go as expected, emergency responses may kick in. For instance, in the home, there are fire extinguishers situated at strategic locations. No one wants a fire outbreak, but then, they do happen. And when they do, these situations can be managed with the right tools and weapons.
When it comes to life itself, most of the mistakes that happen are a result of people doing the wrong thing or failing to do the right thing.
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When it comes to life itself, most of the mistakes that happen are a result of people doing the wrong thing or failing to do the right thing. When people also gather for any purpose, there is a tendency for people to side-track the efforts of the entire group. There are a number of examples of these in the scriptures, which will be examined in this chapter in this book.
There was a time when Joshua was leading the people of Israel and they had to face a country in war; this country was called Ai. As advanced and militarily capable the Israelites were, they could not defeat this little nation. This was a surprise to them because they felt they had everything that could help them to win the war against this small nation. After all, they had won bigger battles against other nations, and so this should have been a very easy victory.
God is a God of order. He loves to make and follow procedures.
What went wrong here? The answer is simple. One of the men of Israel went against the command of God. The instruction God gave was this, “But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury” (Jos. 6:18-19, NIV).
The instruction was clear. Achan decided to go against the instruction. In other words, we can say that Achan contradicted the order and directive that was given by God. Whenever there is a bridge of order or instruction there will always be consequences, which sometimes may be fatal.
God is a God of order. He loves to make and follow procedures. There is one scripture that says, “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Isa. 28:10, KJV). This means that God values order. Taking a look at the creation story, we see how God began to create the heaven and the earth. On earth, He started by creating light, then He moved on to create the firmament, then the dry ground, the heavenly bodies, the land animals, sea animals, and then man. So, everything here follows a particular order.
Order is not only needed in the Body of Christ, it is needed in every sphere of life.
Order is not only needed in the Body of Christ, it is needed in every sphere of life. Organizations, businesses, corporations, families, and individuals all need to demonstrate coordination and order. As a matter of fact, wherever there is no order, only little progress will be achieved. At one time, Paul was writing to the Corinthians, it was a period where there was a misuse of the gift of the spirit. The people in Corinth were very charismatic people. They had received salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, yet they did not understand the use of the gift that they were given. So, Paul had to write to them to do everything decently and in order.
Looking at the New Testament, there is also an order that God has put in place to guide the activities of man on earth. Paul was talking about marriage in one of the Epistles and he explained that just as the way a man is the head of a woman, so is God (The Father) the head of Christ, and also Christ the head of the man. So, we can see a particular order here.
In the body of Christ as well, there is an order already instituted by God. In the book of Ephesians, Paul unfolds to us the fivefold ministry. Scripture records this, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-12, KJV).
So, it is clear from the scripture that every person has his own responsibilities. There are responsibilities attached to each of the offices. Each one performs distinct functions in the body. None of them usurp authority over the other person. For instance, while the apostles were in Jerusalem, a man like Phillip was in Samaria turning the entire city upside down with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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