Like many children, my bedroom was a mess with clothes and toys strewn everywhere. My closet was the worst of all. Everything in my closet was literally held inside by the door. Opening the door was like popping a trap — everything would come pouring out! This eventually ended one weekend when I was invited to go to a friend’s birthday party and my parents wouldn’t let me go until I cleaned my room.
It took me the entire weekend to clean it all and when I was finally done (just in time for school on Monday), I vowed I would never again lose an entire weekend cleaning my room. From that day on, I kept my room orderly, which had two positive outcomes: first, I was honoring my parents by submitting to their authority in keeping my room clean, and second, cleaning my room daily made it much easier to keep it that way! I still try to maintain that habit, even now as an adult.
Scripture teaches us that our heavenly Father is a God of order. In fact, you could say that order is a character trait that reflects the divine nature. First Corinthians 14:33 proclaims, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace.” In other words, there is a method and an order to everything that the Lord does.
The basis of the order that God has established always has to do with coming under authority. For example, First Corinthians 11:3 states, “But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” Here we see a systematic order for authority with respect to our worship within the church. God has established order in the universe, government, church, family, and even our lives. First Corinthians 14:40 says, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” Notice, the text says “all things.”
Our God is a God of order and Paul reminds us in First Corinthians 11:1, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” As Christians, we are to imitate the example that God has set for us. God’s order always comes back to the issue of coming under authority, which requires our humility. Humility is the very example Christ set before us and that’s the example we should follow.
Just like a child coming under the authority of his parents to keep his room clean, we are to humbly come under the authority of our Lord and submit to the order He has established! We may not always understand it … but it is always for our own good.