ARE YOU ORGANIZED?

 

     When you look at the topic you might say, “of course I’m organized” or you might be one of those that don’t believe in organization. How many of us have a closet that is a complete mess, but we tell ourselves that we know right where everything is and the truth of the matter is that we really don’t want to take the time to clean up the mess?  How many times when we are looking for a favorite shirt we can not find it in the mess that we have created? If we would have taken the time to organize the mess we wouldn’t stress out for hours looking for something that is right before us.

      The Church of Jesus Christ is a church that must be organized.  We can not let satan come in and mess up the church that God himself has created. The Bible lets us know that in 1 Corinthians 14:33 it states, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”  The Bible goes on to state in 1 Corinthians 14:40 "Let all things be done decently and in order." The “all things” that the scripture speaks of would include the church. This lets me know that we can not let the church become like our messy closet. 

     Through the years I have heard many say that, “you can not prove organization in the Bible.” But this is incorrect. A few months back a thought came to mind of the simplest way to prove organization in the Bible. If you will take your Bible out for a few moments I believe I can show you with your own Bible the organization that is found in it.

     I would like for you to first open your Bible to Genesis 1:1. It states, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”  Now notice where it is found, the first book, first chapter and first verse. Notice that this verse isn’t found in the middle or in the end of your Bible but yet in the Beginning. Now open to Revelations 22:21, you will find this scripture being the last book of your Bible and last chapter and verse. This verse reads, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” The books, chapters and verses themselves, of the Bible are organized in such way that it is easy for anyone to find the verses that I have mentioned.

     Think for a moment what a church service would be like if this organization was done away with. The preacher would get up and just start reading a scripture and tell you to find it. How long would a service last and how would you tell someone how to find a verse? I will now have you find the following verse without using any concordances (since they are organized also)

 

“Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD

of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.”

 

     Have you found the scripture yet?  Unless you are one of the few that has memorized the scriptures from front to back, this would take a long time to find this verse. Just like the time that is spent looking for your favorite shirt in the messy closet. You might just give up looking and claim that it isn’t there. The verse that is mentioned is found in Zechariah 8:22. And since the Bible is organized, you can simply turn to the book of Zechariah find eight chapter then scroll down to the twenty second verse and you will find the scripture in just a few moments.

 

Thank God for Organization!

 

     In John 1:1 it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Verse 14 says of the same chapter, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

 

     Now many will use these scriptures and teach others that the scriptures that we read from are in fact the written form of God. And since this is true then God Himself must be organized. For this is clearly seen in the scriptures.  So many times we look for some deep revelation in God that we miss the very simple things that is right there in front of us. As the scriptures warns us in 2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

     Now for one final thought: look at the binding of the Bible that you have. Notice that the organization of the books of the Bible is all held together with glue. Even though we find 66 books in the Bible they all come together in ONE BINDING. If you claim that you are in the Body of Christ should you not also be glued unto others that are organized? Or are you better then the books of the Bible (which is the Body of Christ) and believe that you don’t have to be organized. If this be true: how can you truly state that you are in the Body of Christ?

     It reads in Romans 12:4-5 “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: (5) So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Can the ear function without the head, or can the foot walk without the leg that it must be attached too?  Nether can we claim to be the Body of Christ and not be glued together with others in one binding. We as the Body of Jesus Christ must be organized. For without this organization we will become like our messy closet all messed up.

 

Bro. Jon. Leslie

Pastor, Bishop Randell Spence

The Church of Jesus Christ

Portage, IN.