Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40
When it comes to exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it’s obvious that churches have different approaches. Some have the ‘let all things’ part down, but aren’t too keen on the ‘decent and orderly’ perspective, while other congregations have nailed ‘decent and orderly,’ but might be neglecting some of the gifts. The Apostle Paul adds some clarity by adding another component to the equation.
Let all things be done for edification. For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. 1 Corinthians 14:27, 33
Who’s Getting the Glory
Edification is just a fancy word for strengthening, or building up another person in the Lord as it pertains to the good of the church. The root of the word essentially means, ‘to build a house.’ Properly exercised, edification does not take any glory away from God. Ignored, it produces strife rather than peace. God is the author of peace and where there is no peace there is likely no body-building going on. And where there’s no strengthening of the body there is probably no order or decency. Reverse the negative trend and a usable pattern emerges.
All things + Order + Edification = A Strong, Loving, Peaceable Church
“This sounds like my church.”
Then I thought about it more deeply. I remembered that my congregation, like me, is a work in progress. If I’m honest, the church I attend is not operating as smoothly, as efficiently, and as effectively as we could. I further see that I am part of the problem and by God’s grace, part of the solution. Remembering that Christ is the faithful provider, if the situation is to improve, it can start with me.
I must purpose in my mind to exercise the spiritual gifts I have access to, in an orderly fashion, in a manner which builds up rather than tears down, for the singular purpose of bringing glory to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I am not saying that this is a work we must do.
If anything, it’s a commission that we get to do. If there’s a sense of obligation that comes from anywhere other than gratitude, the effort is of little use because it’s misguided. Our motivation in this realm is directly proportionate to gratitude, and if it isn’t, then a reexamination of doctrinal terms ‘deliverance and redemption’ would be in order. Why is Communion so important? This is why.
What are Your Thoughts
- What does your church like?
- What would your church like if it were filled with a hundred of you?
- Do you have gifts you’re ignoring?
- Are you ‘in order’ or ‘out of order’?
- How’s your gratitude?
- How to Have a Strong Inner Man (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)
- Edification, A Building Up (godfamilycountrylove.wordpress.com)
- What the Bible Teaches About Edification (verticalviewer.wordpress.com)