Today’s Scripture Selection: Hebrews 12:11

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

How disciplined are you?

I know there are more than a few times in my life when I wish I had been more disciplined than I was at the time.  And I have, in some cases, paid a high price for it.

But, painful or not, discipline does produce a “harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

Is the scripture here speaking of discipline as in something externally imposed upon us or internally chosen?  I suspect the former.

But, I think the truth applies to self-discipline as well.

I know that it is especially true of spiritual disciplines.

  • Prayer
  • Biblical Study
  • Life marked by sacrificial service to others
  • Tithing and Stewardship
  • Worship
  • And any other ways you can think of to regularly show your devotion to God in a “disciplined” way

All these things are more than just a “painful” duty or a “cross” to bear.

I think they are a privilege and a wonderful way to grow deep in your faith and in your relationship with God and God’s people.

So – how disciplined are you?

I hope you can say that you are at least working on it.

The rewards are too numerous to list.

Prayer: Lord, by your Spirit at work in my life; help me to become an ever more disciplined follower of the Way.  AMEN.

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