18th, November 2016
1Corinthians 9:27 (AMPC)
But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].
Jesus whilst He was once on earth, on some occasions, explained that in the Kingdom of God people shall be recognised for what they have achieved; those that achieved much would receive much accolade and those that achieved less, receive less. He referenced this truth in the parables of the talent and the parable of the pound. We also know that at the return of the Lord Jesus, they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever (Daniel 12: 3). We all have been called into the marvellous light of Jesus, the Son, and have received the same deposit of love from the Father but depending on our input (or more accurately submission to the Holy Spirit, because He is the one that works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure) we would be recognised at the end of our stay on earth.
It is on this that our scripture of focus is founded. In the preceding verses, the Apostle Paul made a comparison with the sports competitions here on earth. He pointed out how that athletes preparing for a competition know clearly the rules of the game they are to partake of, exercise self-control and are disciplined. Then he goes on to state that in the same vein, he disciplines himself so that after preparing others for distinction in heaven, he would not end unrecognised.
In the Christian faith, if we do not want to end up as counterfeits (looking as the real thing but on close inspection is discovered not to be the real deal), we must add discipline to our spiritual knowledge. It is one thing to know what to do and another thing to be disciplined enough to do it. Some individuals know they ought to pray and study but instead they end up using prayer time to watch movies. Some misdiagnose it as the flesh (sin nature) opposing them when they are just undisciplined. They would rather rest and have fun even when it is time to work or carry out their assignment. They easily get distracted and always seem to be jumping from one project to another; barely finishing what they start.
Discipline is choosing to say “No” to the lawful (the acceptable and non-sinful) to do the expedient. It makes us overlook distractions (anything that is not in line with a given objective not matter how important it is) as we focus on following the instructions of the Spirit. Discipline is being under control; that is, operating by set rules. It entails been persistent and steady in our pursuits.
Keep the prize that awaits you before your eyes. Consciously and steadily train your body and yourself to function, respond or operate in the desired way. Start with the little things. Make conscious effort for a change.
What a joy we have the best trainer anyone can ever have, the Holy Spirit!
I am the express image of the Father, who though can do all things, yet would never be found doing some things. I refuse to be a counterfeit. I choose to add discipline to my spiritual knowledge. I choose to go the extra mile that I might obtain the prize. I shall obtain the prize. I am disciplined. Hallelujah!
Hebrews 12: 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 2 Timothy 2: 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68