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You Can’t Be A Disciple Without Discipline!

Weekly Devotionals

You Can’t Be A Disciple Without Discipline!

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

The 2016 Summer Olympics are now under way! And though it came with a lot of uncertainties (from the Zika threat, to pollution issues, to unfinished facilities, etc.) and even scandal (the Russians being barred from competing due to the use of performance enhancing drugs), it still is nonetheless, a sight to behold.

The Olympics has it all. Not only are be entertained, we are entertained by the best of the best as they put their craft on display in the context of competition at the highest level. Add to this the spice of nationalism as we cheer on our home nation(s), and we have the makings of a busy month of watching television!^^

Now on a deeper level, I do mourn the humanistic side of this Olympics, as it can be, and to a certain degree, is a celebration of man without God. However, I still believe that as Christians, there is a lot of good insights to be gleaned from the Olympics games.

To highlight a couple, first, God made us amazing! Watching gymnasts flip around almost mocking the law of gravity or swimmers move through water as gracefully as a dolphin, the human body and it’s potential is simply amazing! And for this we can and should praise the Lord and give Him His due honor, for we are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made! PTL!!!

And second, that we should be inspired to really be more disciplined in our relationship with Jesus. Sure He loves us deeply and without conditions, but this is not a reason for us to feel that it is ok to have a lack of discipline in our faith. On the contrary, as stated in 2 Corinthians 5:14, the wonderful love of our Lord should actually compel us to greater devotion!

Brothers and sisters, we cannot be a disciple of Jesus without discipline. It’s a contraction of thoughts. Disciples of Jesus are disciples because they are disciplined to follow Christ against all other influences.

And in light of the Olympics, we get a picture of what our discipline should look like. As the passage for this devotion states, if runners who run for a temporary crown, are still nonetheless as disciplined as they are to win that crown, how much more so should we Christians, those who are running to invest in work that has eternal value, impact and reward, be disciplined???

So enjoy the Olympics and best of luck to your country’s teams! But more than all that, I pray that each of us will be inspired to be our best for the Lord and His Kingdom, at least as much as these athletes are for their respective leaders and nations!! That we would be those who are indeed disciples of Jesus proved true by our discipline to follow Him and His ways.

Amen!!!

Here are a couple of links related to the capacity of the human body being awesome:

https://www.facebook.com/peopleareawesome/?pnref=story#

And a list of spiritual disciplines:

http://christianteens.about.com/od/christianliving/a/What-Are-Spiritual-Disciplines.htm