“Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). Paul’s closing words to his teaching regarding spiritual spirits are fitting. He uses two key words to summarize the manner in which spiritual gifts should be exercised: “decently” and “in order“.
The Greek word translated “Decently” actually means honestly, with integrity, as is fitting. Decent has a loose definition that might be open to opinion as to what is decent or not in each context. But, Paul says this must be a goal in each church to do things rightly.
The Greek word translated “in order” is the word ταξις, and it refers to arrangement, succession, and sequence. There should be a flow to how spiritual gifts function. He referred earlier in verse 31 that all may prophesy “one by one“. He said in verse 30: “If any thing be revealed to another that sits by, let the first hold his peace“. The Holy Spirit will always follows his own rules. And, “the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets“.
There should always be a flow of how the Spirit works and moves and speaks when the saints are together. Expect God to work through you as He reveals Himself.
Tags: order, spiritual gifts
This week our daughter, Jenny, is visiting from Nashville, TN, with our 3- and 6-year old grandkids. They found the toy closet and have trashed our family room. There are wall to wall toys in that room. Being the perfectionist that I am, I tried to get them to play with one set of toys before they went to the next. No way! They want everything out in the open all the time. That way their short attention span never gets bored. Always something to move on to.
Now, I know they’ll only be here for a week, and I know they’re just kids, but I don’t like that disorderliness. But while I was dealing with my frustration, the Lord reminded me how he must feel when he looks at all the clutter in my life. Why don’t I just take care of one thing at a time? I’m sure He sees wall to wall clutter in my life.
So, I decided to chill out and just let the mess be acceptable for these days. In just a few short years they won’t want to visit here anymore at all. So, we’ll make precious memories while we can.
Tags: children, clutter, order