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Does God expect us to be organized?

Ephesians 5:1 tells us to imitate God.

Eph. 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

What does that look like in real life? How do we imitate God on a daily basis? In order to imitate God, we first need to know what God is like. That is where the Bible comes in. The Bible explains how God acted throughout history and those situations illustrate what He is like and provide examples for us to follow. One such example is in Genesis 1.

The first chapter of Genesis explains how God created the universe and everything in it in 6 days. What is important to note for the current topic is the order in which He created things. God took a logical, organized, and methodical approach to His creation.

Chart of the 7 days of creationFor example, the first thing God did was create the universe and earth so that He would have a place to put everything else He was about to create. God created the expanse before He created birds so that He would have a place to put the birds. He created plants before He created birds and animals so that the birds and animals would have something to eat. If you look closely at the order in which God created everything, you see that God was very logical and organized in how He went about His creative work. God always had a place and purpose for something when He created it.

How do we live this out? If we are commanded to imitate God, and if God was logical and organized in how He created things, then what does that mean for our daily lives? How organized and methodical should we be in how we do our jobs, how we keep our houses, how we schedule our lives, and how we raise our children?

Like many things in life, this requires balance. Yes, God was logical and organized, but the Bible does not indicate that God was hyper organized. For example, the Bible does not indicate in which order the various species of birds were created. Therefore, it is possible that on a micro level, God was not all that methodical in how He created things.

  • In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Does God expect us to be organized and methodical? The Bible tells us to imitate God. Since God was organized and methodical on a macro level, then part of growing in Godliness is attaining at least some measure of organization and being at least somewhat methodical in how we live our lives.

Let me close with a verse from 1 Corinthians that echoes this truth about God.

1Cor. 14:33 for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

 

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”

 

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