The Disciplined Life
How many of us have had great dreams for how God was going to use us? He would mold us into what He wanted us to be. When things got tough and the process became painful, we resisted, became frustrated, and perhaps even took a few steps backward. Few of us are naturally disciplined. Discipline must be learned. Without discipline, it’s impossible to grow. Discipline, therefore, must be built into our Christian lives from the earliest moment.
1 Timothy 4:7-8
Train yourself to be godly. Physical training (sports) is of limited value, but spiritual training is immeasurably valuable. The Christian life is a process of training in righteousness.
Do not become lazy. Laziness is a constant threat to the life of every Christian – young and old. Imitate those who are patient, faithful and disciplined. Look for good examples and learn from them. Realize laziness is a sin. Helpful scriptures: Proverbs 12:1, 24:30-34; 26:13-16
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
Be constructive members of society and of the church. Hard-working people win the respect of others. Try not to be dependent on anybody (do not go into debt or remain in debt). Both unemployment and underemployment can be detrimental to spiritual growth.
2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
Follow the example of disciplined people. Don’t appear to be busy while not really achieving anything.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but it yields a more satisfying life. Make your life count! Helpful scriptures: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 2 Timothy 2:4-6; Hebrews 5:14
Make a timetable of how you use your time. Get some suggestions.
Set some goals.
Spend time with a disciplined person and learn from him or her.
If you are not a punctual person, make an effort to be early.
Suggested books: “The Disciplined Life” by Richard Taylor and “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.