The simple wording of Luke 1:3 grips me: “It seemed good to me to write to you an orderly account.” (NKJ)
The Bible is filled with orderly accounts. Moses, for example, wrote the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments, on tablets of stone in a succinct orderly account. In the book of Revelation God told the Apostle John to write an orderly account while on the island that is called Patmos. And the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk was instructed to write an orderly account.
Like David, who “had served his own generation by the will of God” (Acts 13:36), Christian writers today are called, even compelled, to serve this generation with writings of orderly accounts. According to Hebrews 8:10 and 10:16, God writes on our hearts and in our minds. God didn’t leave Moses, John or Habakkuk on their own to figure out what to write, and God won’t leave today’s army of writers searching for words, either.
John, on the island of Patmos, for example, was told exactly what to commit to paper. “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,’ and, “What you see, write…”
John then turned to see the voice that spoke with him. (Rev. 1:10-11). I imagine that God encouraged John as a writer in this way: “Look at me, and what you see with your spiritual eyes of faith, write about in your orderly account. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, and the First and the Last; I am Everything in between as well. I am the principal element. Write about my Kingdom, my power, my glory, my cross. Write about me: Who is, Who was, and Who is to come.”
God instructed Habakkuk, as well, to record the ideas he received. “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” (Habakkuk. 2:2) Like Habakkuk we should write when we experience a burden with our eyes of faith. (Habakkuk. 1:1) The pages of our orderly accounts should reflect a God-given interior vision and burden. We may be centuries removed from John the Revelator and Habakkuk, but each Christian writer is on an island that is called Patmos, and each Christian writer has a vision and burden as Habakkuk. We are to write when we hear and see the unmistakable trumpet-like voice of the Lord in our lives, and like Habakkuk, we need to write as simply and as plainly as we can so that those who read it will be energized and encouraged in their walk with God.
God the Commander is calling His army of writers to mobilize and dispatch orderly accounts on his behalf. “Boldly confront this generation with the reality of the Alpha and the Omega,” God is saying. “Write with God-given confidence and clarity because it’s the First and the Last who speaks clearly and creatively through you.” (2 Sam. 23:2)
Be assured that men’s countenances and thoughts will change when they read our orderly accounts (Daniel 5:5-6). Misbeliefs and wrong ways of thinking will be challenged because God’s voice is as a scarlet thread in our God-breathed orderly accounts. Our orderly accounts will plant God’s ideas in the hearts and minds of men. God will use our orderly accounts to point and lead men of our generation to the Alpha and the Omega. Mental universes will be bridged.
Orderly accounts are strategic.
Orderly accounts are front-line weapons to disperse and declare God’s truth.
Orderly accounts speak to the doubts and fears men of this world have because God’s army of writers alone can write with authoritative exclamation points and not question marks! Hallelujah!
Orderly accounts are as crowns at the feet of the Lord Jesus.
And oh, the legacy of orderly accounts! May it please our Commander that we labor to leave behind a paper trail of persuasive ironclad orderly accounts for future generations to read.
As it was said in the time of Israel's King David, may it be said of us: “A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation. They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has done this.” (Psalm 22:30) “Great was the company of those who proclaimed it.” (Psalm 68:11)
When we find ourself on our islands of Patmos, when we hear and turn to see with our eyes of faith the unmistakable trumpet-like voice of the Alpha and the Omega, when we recognize the presence of the First and the Last, when we experience a burden and a vision, we then begin to write our orderly accounts.
Hell may have its minions, but we have orderly accounts, praise God!
Sandra, what a powerful message on Order Accounts. I could feel it within me as I was reading. You were like a Drill Sergent, in my imagination, for I've never heard one, unless it was on the original MASH, years, upon years ago. I pray that many writers will feel that they have received their mandate right from the Lord! God bless you as you follow God's further leading, and may there be many books written!
Powerful words, Sandra. I was especially moved by, "each Christian writer is on an island that is called Patmos, and each Christian writer has a vision and burden as Habakkuk."
May we keep firmly before our hearts the truth of "Orderly Accounts" each time we set pen to paper.