If I were to ask ten people what the secret to a successful life is, I might get ten different answers.
One might say: “Financial freedom.” Another might say: “The love of family and friends.” Still, another might suggest, “Being content with what you have.” Everyone has their own definition of what success is and how to achieve it.
The followers of Jesus in first century Corinth were having many problems in their church. They were struggling with immorality , contention and chaos. Their walk with God was all messed up and their church meetings were a disaster.
In 1 Corinthians 14:40, Paul gave the believers of Corinth some practical instruction from God: “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
How “decent “is your life? Is your personal devotion with God “decent”? Is your relationship with others “decent”? Is your conduct, manner of appearance and speech “decent”?
How “orderly” is your life? Do you have order in how you do your job? Are your house and possessions in order? Is your daily schedule in order? Is your money in order? Do you conduct your everyday life in an orderly fashion?
From my own personal experience, I am successful when I do things “decently” and “in order.” When I do things badly and in a disorderly way, I get absolutely nothing of value accomplished. The difference between success and failure is determined by how you and I live our lives. When we do things according to the Bible, we succeed. When we do things our way, we fail. It is very simple.