“And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.”
The verse above says that God “made the firmament.” The word “firmament” comes from the words, “firm or solid structure.” In other words, God knew that the Earth needed structure to perform to its peak ability. Creation shows the structure God set in place, and it is very evident how God’s structure for creation allows this world to perform in a miraculous manner. If God felt structure is good for creation, that means it is good for everything in life. Let me give you several observations about structure that will help you to establish structure in your life and organization.
First, God is a God of structure. 1 Corinthians 14:40 says, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” God believes there should be an order for everything. Whether it is your life, the church, or an organization, structure is the key to making these areas run in an efficient manner.
Second, structure means there is an unchanging framework set in place. There must be something that is set in place that never changes. Some people say they don’t want people to get into a rut, but a rut is good if the rut takes you to where you want to go. Whether it is a life, the church, or an organization, a structure needs to be set into place that doesn’t change.
Third, structure gives stability to every person. One of the things that creates less stress for people is when they know everything is going to be the same. People will be less likely to volunteer to do things when the structure is constantly changing. Every person needs a horizon to focus on, and structure is the horizon for a person’s life, the church, or an organization.
Fourth, structure allows more work to be accomplished. When structure is set, people have more time to get things done; which is really what you want people to do. When a set structure is set in place, it allows people, churches, and organizations to run more efficiently.
Fifth, structure keeps internal strife at a minimum. Structure keeps everyone in their place of work. The only time strife occurs is when people get out of their place of structure. The established structure gives everyone their boundaries of where to work, which keeps others from coming into another’s area of responsibility. Staying in one’s area of responsibility is the key to keeping good morale and having more productivity.
Sixth, structure keeps us from establishing bad habits. The only reason someone creates bad habits is because they have no structure or routine they follow; thus, bad habits are created. The best way to keep from creating bad habits is by creating good habits through structure. A structured life is important to avoiding bad habits that are eventually destructive. A structured church or organization is important to building good habits for people to do what is right. The easiest way to break bad habits is by establishing structure in your life which creates good habits.
Seventh, structure will help you to achieve more for the LORD. You will always accomplish more through structure and routine. If you want to be the best for Christ, get a structure in your life and church and don’t change it for the next whim.