“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.” -1 Corinthians 9:25
I don’t know about you, but I rather like having a goal to aim for. Maybe it’s music for you. For others, maybe sports or a job.
I recently found out that I’ll have the opportunity to potentially play soccer at a small college in the Fall, and as you can imagine, I’m pretty excited about it! I love the whole cycle before the season even starts…the running and conditioning, doing drills with Collin, increasing my tactical intelligence, etc. What’s the goal of all that training? The goal is to be a good enough player so that I can make the team and contribute to it next season.
I listened to a great sermon the other day by Charles Stanley called “Discipline Determines Destiny,” and it helped me re-evaluate my Christian walk.
Am I disciplined about spending time every day in God’s Word? Am I disciplined about thinking Biblically? Am I disciplined about making prayer my first reaction to difficult circumstances? Am I disciplined about living according to God’s standards instead of my own desires?
How about you?
I encourage you to take a step back in your walk with Christ and see what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. What’s your goal?
Our goal should be to draw closer to Christ, and in order to get there, we must be disciplined about consistently doing the little things that bring us near to Him. If you want to get better at an instrument, you practice…you spend time with it. All my soccer coaches have said that if I and my teammates wanted to get better, we just need to go out and kick the ball…spend time with it.
In order to get to know Christ more, we have to do the training that gets us to that point. We have to be disciplined about it.
Our discipline, or lack thereof, determines our destiny…determines how far we will go.