The Stuff


1 Samuel 10:22 “Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff.”

Samuel was looking for Saul to anoint him as the first king of Israel. Nobody could find Saul because he hid himself because of the fear of being anointed king. When Samuel asked the LORD where Saul was, “the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff.”

The “stuff” could easily be described as clutter. It wasn’t that the “stuff” was worthless; it was just that the “stuff” was unorganized and thrown around. The “stuff” allowed Saul to find a place where they could not find him. There would have been no place for Saul to hide had these people been more clean and organized.

I am a big believer in organization and cleanliness. There is no excuse for being disorganized or dirty. I am always amazed at the clutter and filth inside of the homes that I see when I go soul winning. I often say to myself that I don't know how anyone can live in such filth or disorganization.

Being clean and organized is not a gift; it is the result of a person of character taking proper care of what God has given them. We live in times when people like to hoard things, and they always have a good reason for hoarding their “things.” My friend, you can work better and accomplish more in a clean and organized environment than you ever will in a dirty and disorganized setting. There are a few things that you can do to become organized and stay clean that I want to share with you.

First, you have to determine to be clean and organized. Don't settle for filth and disorganization. If you look at how much more you could do if you are clean and organized, you would see how your filth and disorganization are keeping you from being what God wants to do through you.

Second, it is godly to be clean and organized. God is a God of order. 1 Corinthians 14:40 says, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” Likewise, God is a God of cleanliness. 1 Peter 1:16 says, “…Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Holiness is cleanliness. If God is a God of order and cleanliness, I would think that He expects you to be clean and organized.

Third, you organize and clean up by starting with what is in front of you. Disorganization and filth can be overwhelming, which results in people not knowing where to start. Let me simply teach you, start anywhere. It is all disorganized and filthy, so start with what is in front of you. You will never be organized and clean until you start with what is in front of you or by taking the task that is on top of the stack on your desk.

Fourth, throw it away if it hasn’t been used in a year. Here is the hard thing to do; if you haven’t used something in a year’s time, you are not going to use it. The reason you don't throw things away and have become filthy or disorganized is because you keep telling yourself that you will use it one day. If you haven’t used it in a year’s time, you are not going to use it, so throw it away.

Finally, keep it clean and organized as you go. The best way to stay clean and organized is to pick up after yourself when you are done and put things back to where they belong when you are done using them; this will keep you from becoming cluttered and disorganized.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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