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Everything revolves around orderliness. Paul wrote to the Corinthians about order; ’Everything must be done in a proper and orderly way.’(1st Cor. 14:40). I choose to refer to the bible as the book of order in this article because precisely it is the most orderly book by all means. From the story of creation in Genesis 1:1-31, we are able to pick orderliness as the main theme. Everything flowed seamlessly until man came in and did away with the perfect order, read Genesis 3:6, ‘the woman saw how beautiful the tree was and how its fruit would be to eat, and she thought how wonderful it would be to become wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, and he also ate it.’
What is order anyway? Somebody could ask. Order is arrangement, disposition or sequence. Cambridge English dictionary defines order as a situation in which everything is arranged in its correct place. Order is very simple by definition but why is it too difficult for us mere mortals to stick to it. We may claim ignorance to existence of order but as Christians who have received renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2) we should discern what is good and acceptable and perfect. I like King Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 which speak about there being a time for everything.
Order or the art of maintaining it is passed on across generations. In Scotland and Ireland, we have families who have the knowledge of brewing high end whiskies, these families are proud of their innovation, the order of establishing fields to cultivate barley, nurturing the plants, selection, fermentation, distillation and blending. The secret recipe is upheld devoid of corruption and taught to the younger generation so as to maintain the legacy of the family and quality of brew. If for instance one child says,” These oaken casks are too archaic, let’s introduce modern fermenters and shorten the process time.” He may sound wise but after sometime customers will send in complaints; their favorite brew has been corrupted. Older Christians must be ready to teach order to new ones without processing it (some information is better left raw for it to make impact). This is the same case that happened to Eve and Adam and also happens to Christians today. We consider ourselves wise by worldly standards and imagine that the bible is just another manual book. Then nature takes its course, punishing us for doing away with order. The major problem arises when we fail to learn from that and imagine it’s just another problem and we are quick to solve it using manly ways. King Saul decided to keep the fat sheep and robust harvest as sacrifice to God contrary to the dispensed order and the repercussions were unfavorable.
The secret for success and happiness is sticking to order at any cost. Every person strives to be rich, which is no crime but the path to legal wealth is long and full of punctuations. The modern Christian is quick to revoke the order so as to scale up the path quickly and live large. Christians have found themselves consulting witchcraft, engaging in corrupt deals, and bribing those in authority so as to achieve their dreams. It is tempting right? But fact remains it’s UNGODLY. The fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden was as tempting as was the desire to become wise that man overlooked the danger which is falling out of the favor of God. In modern times, falling out of the favor of God is manifested in ways so subtle that we fail to realize it. Doors are shut on us, opportunities pass us, families break, war, disaster, and bad leadership. We may force ourselves to think that suffering is normal but it is not. God wants us to be happy and to rejoice in him always (Philippians 4:4). Suffering due to worldly problems is a fruit of the devil that we have chosen to devour since it is free as opposed to fruits of the Holy Spirit which demand order first.
Then, how do I maintain order? It is simply by doing the will of God which is being saved and coming to a knowledge of the truth (1st Tim 2:4), giving thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:18)and we to be sanctified: that we may avoid sexual immorality (1 Thess. 4:3).It is the last scripture that caught my attention. Why is God so categorical in maintaining that we observe sexual purity? How is sex related to order? Why is it that one is considered unholy after engaging in sexual immorality? With such many rhetorical questions one becomes intrigued and decides to read about it (1 Corinthians 6 and 7 is where I read). Avoid immorality. Any other sin a man commits does not affect his body; but the man who is guilty of sexual immorality sins against his own body (1 Corinthians 6:18). I can now talk about it, earlier the bible explained that our bodies are parts of Christ’s body and when we sin with them, we are involving Christ in the sin. I have for long lived to believe that normally and biblically sex is a reserve for the married but upon reading this scripture I got another revelation to add onto my former belief,’ it is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” The verse is about every man, married or unmarried. The bible explains it is because when we have sex; we lose the control of our bodies to our partners (1st Cor. 7:4). Imagine your partner is a witch or does not advocate for Christ, they are going make you their arm of execution. Simple arithmetic now, if you have ten sexual partners thus your body is linked to ten other different spirits and all are seeking to control you. It is disastrous, like a demon attack. Marriage is therefore not the gateway to sex but the regulator against sexual immorality since God knew that we lack self-control and will fall for the ever so tempting trap that fell iconic men and he loves us immensely. Paul did well to elaborate further; we should satisfy our partners’ needs. To satisfy hunger, we eat food but amidst us are gluttons, who besides their fair share demand more. I have heard women say that their husbands do not satisfy them in bed and it raises questions. The husband is either under the control of other women spirits, or the woman is under the control of several other men spirits. It’s order and it’s connected just like the bible and by saying everything revolves around order, we are no exemption. In marriage there is also an order of how sex should be conducted (1st Cor. 7:5). Demands should be met for a system to be up and running, but the supplier and buyer could however agree to pause for a while, for cleanup, stock taking or renovation, but the system remains up. In Christianity, cleanup, stock taking and renovation constitute prayer. You are commanded not to mix sex and prayer, one or both will fail. When the family is in need of prayers, be it for a child, promotion at work, for a project or even for thanksgiving, it is mandatory to give our all to it (prayer) as it is our primary command from God and sex becomes a secondary command. Its order and order has never ruled out Y from being an alphabet but it has to come twenty fifth.
Order is beautiful, it’s grateful; it’s like a prince who pays his debts. In Jeremiah 29: 11, I bet you read this more often than any other verse, God tells humanity his plans for them and we love to hear them, we even say them to ourselves in the mirror when we dress up in the morning but we never read the whole chapter to realize the words of eleven are a promise after we do something. The Jews of Babylonia were the first people to receive the promise but after a whole paragraph of orders starting from verse four to verse nine of chapter 29.Modern Christians are supposed to do his will as he gave them and follow his orders and not until after shall they prosper, get a hope and a future. Prosperity, hope and future are the best gifts to receive and I won’t lie to you, nobody can give them since no one possesses them, only God can and we already know gifts are appreciations for tasks well executed. Our task here is doing His will with order.