“Let all things be done decently and in order.”
-1 Corinthians 14:40
Have you ever tried reading the book of Numbers in the Bible and had your eyes cross because there were so many names and so many small details that seemed insignificant? Why would you care about the lineage of the people that you’re never going to read about again?
The book of Numbers shows us that God loves detail. 1 Corinthians 14:40 tells us that we should do everything “decently and in order.” We should take the greatest care to do our tasks – and not skip anything because we thought it was too small to make a difference. If God cares so much about detail that He wrote an entire book just dedicated to that, don’t you think that we should care about the tiniest of details, too?
To keep track of all the details, one must be neat and orderly. I’ve noticed that at the beginning of the semester, all my notes are beautifully organized and I know what’s going on. By the middle of the semester, I start to get sloppy and throw my loose papers in whatever notebook I can find. By the end of the semester, I’m emptying my backpack on the floor trying to figure out which note goes with which class and which chapter (since I stopped titling the pages about halfway through) as I’m trying to study for my final exams. Really, there’s very little difference between immunology and microbiology when you’re looking at only one untitled page of notes. Imagine how much easier my life would be if I stopped, thought about 1 Corinthians 14:40, and applied it to my life.
Let’s work on doing all things “decently and in order.”
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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version.