Continued from Part Two
*Extracted from "Holiness: Beyond a Sinless Life"
We have seen (in Part One and Part Two) how obedience is an expressions of yielding to the Holy Spirit.
Now we shall be looking at the second key to yielding to the Holy Spirit
Recall it is not about the lawful but the expedient. It is about obeying given instructions.
Dearly beloved, discipline is one virtue without which doing the demanded would be utterly impossible.
Discipline is the ability to say “No” to the lawful so as to do the expedient.
It is discipline that would make you overlook distractions as you focus on performing the commanded instructions.
A distraction, by the way, is anything that is not in line with a given objective no matter how important it is in itself.
However discipline is not a gift but a virtue to be cultivated. It is your responsibility to build this virtue – not some-one else and not the Holy Spirit (though He would gladly help you in the building process).
Apostle Paul understood the place of discipline in the pursuit of Holiness and the 'non –transferability' of the responsibility of cultivating discipline as seen in the succeeding passage of scripture.
But I (not someone else or the Holy Spirit) keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
1 Corinthians 9: 27 (Emphasis mine)
Without diligence (which is discipline expressed in actions) you can never attain much in the things of the spirit.
Doing things averagely (which in my opinion is same as mediocrity – as a matter of fact anything short of excellent is mediocre), living on the border-line, never being fully involved; would never produce commendable results in your walk in holiness.
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent (so) that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
2 Peter 3: 14 (Emphasis mine)
Without discipline, you can never stand out in any endeavor of life – spiritual things inclusive.
Haphazard and “any how I do it doesn’t matter, what matters is I am doing it” approach to spiritual things would never produce results.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
Proverbs 22: 29
Discipline is being under control; that is, operating by set rules. It entails been persistent and steady in your pursuits.
Child of the King, you cannot achieve Holiness if you are encumbered with the affairs of this world and the many activities therein (no matter how genuine they may seem) just like Martha (Luke 10: 38 – 41)...
Part Four to be published tomorrow
* The above post is an excerpt from the book "Holiness: Beyond a Sinless Life" By I IN CHRIST Media Ministry