Day 93: The discipline of a disciple

“Well, if I listen to you, and everything you put in my ear
I’ll be living like woulda, shoulda, coulda, I’ll be paralyzed by fear
Huh, ain’t that the truth, if I quit the only way I lose
I got two choices when I do this – make moves or make excuses
Huh, if you know who I’m talking about, then you got me
My biggest enemy is me – and even I can’t stop me.”

-Andy Mineo, “You Can’t Stop Me”

Days go by, and I find myself  wondering ‘What have I done that’s productive today?” Sure, there are days where we really do just need to step back from the business of life and rest, but I’m not referring to those times.

How often do we climb in bed at the end of the day and feel as though we have accomplished nothing worthy of notice or even the least bit significant.

Maybe we can manipulate a few scenarios to raise our count to five, but if we’re being completely honest with ourselves we know we have wasted time. We have allowed ourselves to become bogged down in our jobs, school, media, or relationships that we neglect what is most important to sustaining our life’s energy.

We put our Bible reading on the back burner. “Oh, I’ll do that before I go to bed.” And then we fall asleep with our finger on Proverbs 6:6 warning us against being a sluggard.

Or, we say we will pray when we wake up, and then we realize the person we were texting last night has finally responded. The brevity of the prayer following our lengthy response manifests where our priorities lie.

Even those of us who don’t necessarily neglect our time with God find ourselves wasting time. He has kindled a flame of passion in our hearts to accomplish something for His kingdom, and yet we choose another episode of Netflix instead. We finish one more chapter of the book we’re reading. We squeeze in one more gym session.

And by the end of the day we’re so exhausted that the time we do spend with God is half-hearted. When we close our eyes to pray or meditate on His Scripture, our heads sway back and forth with the weight of sleepiness.

Today, brothers and sisters, I urge you to don the definition of being a disciple: to learn.

Most of us have an idea of what learning looks like as we have had some sort of experience with the education system. But how many of us can actually remember what we were taught in high school?

We don’t retain the information because it served it’s purpose, we graduated. Therefore, our brains consider the knowledge unnecessary to the proper functioning our our brainwaves and disposes of it, making room for our brain to store what we deem to be most important. What we continue going back to. What our brains find it critical to retain for the sake of living.

That, my friends, is learning. Learning is disciplining ourselves and allowing the Fatherly counsel of God to push us out of our comfort zones and into deep waters. We can’t expect depth in our lives when we continually refuse to leave the shallow end of the pool.

If we want to grow and if we actually want to know God intimately and follow Him, we have got to make sacrifices. What is it in your life that takes priority over God? What hinders you from seeking Him?

Whatever it is, I pray that we adopt the courage and the discipline to push ourselves to chase after God with our whole self. I’m not saying we need to stop having fellowship with other believers or quit going to work, but I am saying we need to quit using these things as an excuse for abstaining from quiet time with God.

We can’t expect the blessing of knowing God as a Father and as a Lord if we only give Him a portion of ourselves. He wants all of us, and He isn’t satisfied with being given just a portion.

If He has put you on this earth, He has a special and holy plan for your life. But I am telling you right now, if you don’t tap into this truth, you can and will miss the divine blessing of God Almighty.

Do not weigh yourself down with the taxing and unedifying things of this world, but seek God first. Scripture says in Matthew 6:33, seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.

Hebrews 12:12 tells us to strengthen that which is weak. If you want a beach body before summer, you know you need to be in the gym more than once every other week. You know it’s a matter of dedication and altering your life to achieve a desired goal.

The same can be said for our spiritual walk. Jesus has taken the first step in dying on the cross and pursuing you with grace. But we must take the next step and choose to step into His calling. He won’t force us to make that decision. We  as disciples must be disciplined and choose Him when the world tells us to choose us.

Our God is worthy and worthy of our live’s greatest tribute to Him-walking in faith and humble obedience.

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