COVENANT IS A TRANSACTION

Jesus has something to offer. He does not compel us to make a covenant with him. If you want what he has to offer, if you are ready to pay the price, then you can have a covenant with him.

Kingdonomics is about what Jesus has to offer, what he asks in return, and why his offer is the best offer you can ever get.

Today we will talk about Order for Chaos.

THE THRONE ROOM

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. Revelation 5.6-14 (NIV)

LACK OF ORDER WILL BRING CHAOS

The world in Revelation is a world in chaos: destruction, persecution, deaths, etc. But in the Throne Room there is order: they are where they are supposed to be, doing what they are supposed to do, when they are supposed to do it.

The Ancient of Days and the Lamb Who Was Slain are in the center while everyone else are in their place waiting for their turn to worship the ones in the center – the ones who are worthy to be worshipped.

While on Earth, everyone wants to be in the center, everyone is doing what they want when they feel like doing it. There is no order and where there is no order there will be chaos.

ORDER FOR CHAOS

Jesus is offering us to take away the chaos in our lives. In exchange we must have order in our lives: put Jesus first and everything else will fall in its place.

If we discipline ourselves to always put Jesus first in every aspect of our lives, then our lives will not be chaotic.

WHY ARE WE AFRAID OF DISCIPLINE AND ORDER?

Because we have the wrong understanding of discipline and order:

#1. Order kills creativity. This is a straight up lie. Studies have shown that most prodigious artists are maniacal when it comes to discipline. Creativity springs when everything is in order.

#2. Discipline is bondage. While discipline can feel restrictive in the beginning, once you have attained consistency, discipline will bring freedom in every aspect of your life.

DISCIPLINE OR CHAOS?

Life in Jesus is a life of shalom: peace and order beyond human understanding. Life in chaos is tiring. He offers to take your chaos as long as you are willing to live a life of discipline and order. Do you take the deal?