“For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.”
I was visiting a newer member in my Sunday school class who had missed a week just to be sure they were doing fine. As I visited with this individual, they began to talk about the church and what they enjoyed about it. They made a statement to me that was profound, and yet it was the very basis of the verse above. They said that the reason they joined our church was because of the structure and order we had in our services. They enjoyed the fact that we did everything in order because it helped them to receive the preaching of God’s Word better.
What this person said is exactly what Paul was saying to the church of Colosse. He said that the thing that brought joy to his heart about this church was their order. In other words, they built godly routines in their church and followed those routines week in and week out. This church understood the importance of having order. Order always results in stability and joy. Several things happened because of this church’s order that can happen to you in your life if you become a person of order or godly routines.
First, order produces steadfastness. One thing every preacher desires in his people is that they would be unwavering in what they believe and do. A steadfast people are always a dependable people. A steadfast people will always see their faith in Christ grow. You cannot have a strong faith in Christ without order because the principles of Christ are unchangeable. You will never be resolute or firm in your walk with Christ without order. Order always produces a steadfast believer.
Second, steadfastness produces a walk with God. A person who sets godly routines will regularly walk with God in the Scriptures and prayer. A steadfast walk desires resolute principles to hold onto in an ever-changing world. One of the greatest reasons you need order in your life is because it will cause you to desire a daily walk with God in the Scriptures and prayer.
Third, a walk with God produces grounding and growth. Verse 7 shows that a walk with God will cause the believer to be “rooted and built up in him.” The believer who daily walks in the Word and prays will be the believer who is grounded in truth and grows in Christ. One of the problems with many believers is that they are hit-and-miss in their walk with Christ and they wonder why they are not growing. You cannot grow in Christ if you are not being spiritually nourished in His Word and prayer.
Fourth, grounding and growth produce spiritual discernment. One of the greatest lacks in Christianity is discerning believers who know when truth is not being taught. A lack of discernment causes believers to be spoiled “through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” You will never have spiritual discernment without establishing order in your Christian walk and life.
Fifth, all of these produce a testimony of faith and joy. Those who have great testimonies are those who have lived their lives in order. Order always gives security which produces joy. If you want to be known for your faith and joy, you are going to have to get order in your life.