Overcoming Sin through Christ: Disorganization or Disorderliness

  Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.

Disorganization or Disorderliness

Are you an orderly person? Do you leave things lying around in your house, in your yard, in your car, or at your workplace? What does your office or kitchen look like? Would people consider you messy, sloppy, cluttered, undisciplined, unsystematic, and disorganized? How do you conduct your life and what do you promote in your family?

We all know the meaning of this particular point.  To organize means “to put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole. . . . to arrange in a coherent form; systematize. . . . to arrange in a desired pattern or structure.”[1]  It can mean “to put (oneself) in a state of mental competence to perform a task.”[2]

Organization, organize, and disorderliness are not specifically found in Scripture (NASB), but we do know that God wants us to be orderly in our outlook on life and our activities.  In regard to the public gatherings of the saints, Paul says, “All things must be done properly and in an orderly manner” (1 Corinthians 14:40). 

When Peter explained the conversion of Cornelius and his family, he “proceeded to explain to them in orderly sequence” what had happened (Acts 11:4).  When Luke wrote his gospel, he specifically wrote “in consecutive order” so that Theophilus might “know the exact truth” about the things he had been taught (1:3-4). In regard to God’s program for the future, Paul explains that the Lord has a definite plan: “Each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, and then comes the end” (1 Corinthians 15:23-24a). 

We might also remember that when God specified how the tabernacle was to be built and arranged, He was careful to be very orderly in the way He did so (Exodus 25-40).  Moses was required to make “all things according to the pattern” which God has shown him (Hebrews 8:5; cf. Exodus 25:40). His laws, precepts, and testimonies were also very systematized and given in careful order (cf. Exodus 20-23).  The blessings for obedience and the curses for disobedience were also presented with careful orderliness (Leviticus 26-27; Deuteronomy 27-28). 

In the New Testament also, many have marveled at the careful order found in Christ’s Sermon on the Mouth (Matthew 5-7) and His Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:20-49).  Even the structure of Matthew and John are carefully presented and recognized by scholars who examine these books.  We might also see order in the choice of twelve apostles, probably meant to correspond with the twelve sons of Jacob.  The book of Revelation is replete with order and systematic arrangement.

Consider one example of order found in Christ’s life. I refer to the feeding of the 5,000, a miracle found in all four Gospels. Luke 9:14 says that Jesus had the people to “recline to eat in groups of about fifty each.” These eager but famished disciples were not just told to sit–but to sit in small groups of fifty. Mark adds that the people “reclined in companies of hundreds and of fifties” (Mark 6:39-40). Jesus indicates a degree of arrangement and order in this clear example.

This leads us to conclude that order is quite important to God.  Based on this, we must carefully avoid disorderliness or disorganization.  Instead of confusion (which we have noticed earlier), the Christian is to lead an orderly life and should seek to “set in order” the believing assembly (Titus 1:5).[3]  Whether we speak of our personal life or the life of the assembly of the Lord, we should strive for orderliness and should avoid all disorder. How inconsistent it is for us to fall into a “messy” and confused and distracted lifestyle.

 



[1] The American Heritage College Dictionary.

[2] Random House Webster’s College Dictionary.

[3] A. T. Robertson says that “set in order” means, literally, “to set straight thoroughly in addition; a clean job of it” (Word Pictures in the New Testament).  D. Edmond Hiebert  says that “the verb ‘straighten out’ (epidiorthose) denotes that this task was to set things in order” (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary).

 

 

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