Yes, I said it. A religious word in some circles of the faith, in others the only way to live the Christian life.
I gave a sermon on discipline a few months ago. I shared how Paul told his boy Tim that it would be good for him to discipline himself. But why, young Timothy might have asked. Paul’s response, “For the purpose of godliness.”
I don’t know about you but I want to change the world. One night, while out camping with family, I was having a conversation with God about this very subject. His reply to me was simple, “Get a schedule.” I laughed at how practical His response was to my life.
Sometimes we can forget that the practical is often the most spiritual. We don’t need another revelation we just need do what we know we should do.
Many things have changed since this conversation with God. I got a schedule – one that works for me. It tells me to get my butt in bed by a certain time and wake up at a certain time. This schedule has set days for my family, church meetings, writing, running, and other activities I enjoy.
I realized, like young Timothy did from Paul’s advice, that I needed more discipline in my life in order to change the world. I needed to start my day off right by getting some wins in before the curve balls of life started coming. This required me to takes steps to discipline myself in day to day life.
Discipline for discipline’s sake sucks. Discipline for Jesus’ sake, for godliness, for making time for things I love…well, I can do that. I think sometimes as believers we can forget we are a triune being, consisting of spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Our Father desires to see each of these areas in our lives cared for and govern by His Spirit.
“Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.” (Proverb 25:28)