“When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.” But He [Jesus] said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.” For there were about five thousand men. Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty….”
“So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.” Luke 9:12-14, 17
There are very few places in the bible where we see Jesus, when He walked upon the earth, was able to minister to everyone’s need in a multitude. In the above passage of scripture, Jesus was able to feed the entire crowd because He organized them in groups of fifty. He operated under the principle of organization.
Organization is a prerequisite to maximization, and maximization summons increase.
Where there is organization there is a capacity to do more. Efficiency and effectiveness increase. An organized room can store more and the items in it can be accessed quicker. An organized presentation increases flow and comprehension. And an organized thought life reduces stress and increases our capabilities.
God is a god of order.
There is no biblical justification for increase where there is disorder. The scriptures clearly speak against disorder in leadership (Numbers 12), in relationships (Proverbs 6:19), and in our stewardship (Luke 16:1-3).
Now I know most people don’t want to hear about their cluttered desk, disorganized closet, or unbalanced checkbook, but the fact of the matter is God sees and references them to determine what we are capable of handling before He permits more. (Mathew 25:15)
Many Christians are praying for God to bless and increase them. Forgive the cliché’, but God will not bless a mess! Disorder brings confusion into our lives and where there is confusion; frustration increases and wrong decisions are made.
Commit yourself to living a more organized life.
Begin today by identifying at least one area in your life that you are willing to organize. Once you do, here are a few tips to help you get started:
1) Get a plan. In The Gospel of John’s account of feeding the 5,000, Jesus already had in mind what He was going to do. (John 6:6) He had a plan in mind and so should you, but make sure you write yours down.
2) Start small. While reading this article it is inevitable something comes to your mind that needs to be organized first. Start there, but don’t try to tackle too much at one time. Trying to do too much at one time can be overwhelming and lead to discouragement. Organizing one small area and maintaining it is a huge victory. Small beginnings will lead to big endings. (Job 8:7)
3) You should enjoy the process. Even though it may be dreaded work, incorporate something that will make it more enjoyable. Try playing music, listen to your favorite motivational CD, or invite a friend or family member to help. Whatever it is do something to make it enjoyable.
4) Time box. Time boxing is a time management concept used to tackle large or dreaded task. Instead of engaging in a task to completion, you engage for a specified amount of time. I like to engage for a specified amount of time with the promise of a reward at the end of it; say a nice cup of coffee…. When we time box usually it increases our focus and often we get so focused that we push way pass the time we initially established. Time boxing is also an awesome way to overcome procrastination as well.
5) Celebrate the small victories. As you do, you will be encouraged to do more. Even God said after each day of creation, “It was good!”
Finally make a journal entry today. Explore what areas in your life are disorganized and ask the Holy Spirit why? You will be amazed at the answer He gives you.
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.