From Bishop Jemmott’s Shepherd to Shepherd article entitled “Reorder Your Life“:
The chorus for the song “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson says the following:
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change”
Long before Michael Jackson wrote this song, the Prophet Jeremiah wrote these words in the book of Lamentations: “Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living and reorder our lives under God.” (Lamentations 3:40 MSG) The prophet was asking the people of God to take a good look at the way they were living and to make changes. Yes, the prophet was asking them to look in the mirror, not just to look, but to evaluate the way they were living, to make changes based on God’s principles. The prophet wanted the reader to do some serious self-examination, not just a surface examination, but also an examination of the heart.
As pastors and leaders, we need to examine our behavior. Any behavior whether lawful or sinful that is not spiritually appropriate needs to be reordered. The word reorder means to arrange in a different way. Paul said the following: “Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims.” (1 Corinthians 6:12 MSG)
Therefore, as pastors and leaders, let us “take a good look at the way we’re living.” Anything that is not bringing glory to God or spiritually appropriate, even if that thing is a legitimate thing to do, it’s time to reorder the behavior so that it can bring glory to God.
Some are asking, “Why must I reorder something that is legitimate and not sinful?” Because we are called to a higher standard: “But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” (1 Corinthians 8:9 NASB) It’s time for us to look, evaluate and reorder our lives.
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