Lately, i have been thinking about my discipline. Not that I am in-disciplined, but in a wholesome sense. Discipline in the sense of quality that’s more intrinsic than extrinsic. See, we are the creatures of a great master Designer, and His ordering of our lives is sure and certain, yet many people live without any visible order or peace or serenity.
The way we live ought to manifest the truth of what we believe. A messy life speaks of a messy—an incoherent—faith.
We all want freedom, but freedom begins way back. It begins not with doing what you want but with doing what you ought—that is, with discipline. With “continuing in the word.” To be a disciple means to be disciplined.
How shall we learn to believe and obey God if we have not been taught from earliest childhood to believe and obey the ones He puts over us?
A child has to know first of all and beyond any shadow of doubt that the word spoken will be the word carried out. Threats (“If you don’t do this, you’ll be spanked”) or promises (“If you pick up all your toys you’ll get a candy”)—if not carried through are ruinous to a child’s morality.
Failure to fulfill threats and promises trains a child to discount what is said. It trains then to lie. It trains them subtly that their parents are not to be trusted, therefore they need not be obeyed, therefore no authority is trustworthy or needs be obeyed. It trains them to think that obedience is optional, depending on convenience or inclination or obvious reward.
God has not so taught us, The Bible says in Matthew 7:24 that “He that hears my Word and does it, loves me.”
See, children are called to obedience, a rod is possible now, but soon our little ones won’t be little anymore. The rod will not be applicable. That job will be over. They are growing up and soon, they will be men, and women, God’s men and women autonomous before Him. Disciplining them with a rod might be over, but His disciplining of them will be far from finished.
So, what seeds will we have planted in them and how much weeding will we have done? Every seed lies with us. If they will love Christ, they will do what He says. And there can be no question as to whether He means it if. They will look at His face, be silent long enough to hear what He says because he calls his own sheep by name.
See, it was when Mary heard her name that she knew her Master in the Garden after His resurrection. “Master!” she cried, in recognition of His lordship over her.
The way you keep your house, the way you organize your time, the care you take in your personal appearance, the way you take care of your children and your family, the priorities you set, the things you spend your money on all speak loudly about what you believe. It speaks volumes about your discipline.
The beauty of God’s peace shines in an ordered life. A disordered life speaks loudly of disorder in the soul.
How is your heart ma’am?