Orders (and why they are important)

4 Nov

Picture the scene. You are in a lovely little village pub, you’ve gone to the bar (because no one comes to the table to ask you what you’d like anymore) and you place your order there and fetch a drink at the same time. There’s a little confusion over whether you want chips or jackets, you ask to have onion rings added…oh and you want the chicken without the sauce. Did they get all that? You think so…how hard can it of been? You take your seat and 20minutes later the wrong meals come out…completely!

It’s annoying isn’t it? When people get orders wrong. You have a horrible (an horrible is obviously a relative term) choice to make between a) you accept their error and eat what ever they’ve decided to serve you rather than what you actually wanted or b) you send it back, wait another 20minutes and risk the next one coming with a few extras you again didn’t order. At that moment in time you seem to think getting orders right is pretty important.

And so it is with God. Take a look at Ezra 7:10. Go on, have a look. Now notice the order. Ezra is obviously a man who loves his God and loves His God’s Scripture…but in what order? Well studying it first, then obeying it…then teaching it.

I found this quite challenging this morning as I read and asked the question, “Am I, like Ezra, one who places studying and obeying God’s Word before teaching it?” Shamefully I have to confess no. I love the idea of teaching God’s Law to people (rightly so I reckon), I’m pretty keen on being the sort who obeys the Bible. But does my desire to study superseded those? Does it even come close? Sadly not.

My challenge then is to be a devoted pupil and executioner before I am a teacher. After all it’s pretty hypocritical to teach what you don’t yourself practice.

Orders are important I have decided.


One Response to “Orders (and why they are important)”

  1. Larry 04/11/2008 at 12:27 pm #

    It would be good if Christians, esp Christian leaders, could remember another order of things right now. Namely Christ crucified as numero uno. All this “A Common Word between us” is well meaning, maybe, but ultimately it isn’t focusing people on the cross and it is in big danger of selling out the Gospel. (See BBC news headline on on Muslim Scholars travelling to Vatican, or google “a common word”.)

    challenging post bro. “What my people need most is my own personal holiness”, either R Murray M’Cheyne or J C Ryle said this.. can never remember which.

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