Are you a disciplined disciple?
Discipline and disciple come from the same root word. CS Lewis defines a disciple as "...the one who has been taught or trained by the master."
Other definitions include: 'the suppression of base desires, and is usually understood to be synonymous with restraint and self control.'
Or ' The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience.'
Looking at the last two definitions it's no wonder that most people dislike discipline.
What? I have to suppress my desire, follow a code and get punished if I don't?
I much prefer the Lewis definition, to be taught and trained by my Master.
By reading the Word and spending time alone being quiet with God, I can get direction for my training from Him. If I am obedient to Him I am taking steps towards being a disciple.
It's in the little things, the moment to moment decisions where I am confronted to choose life or death, blessings or curses, that I acquire the skills that my Master wants me to excel at.
Oswald Chambers describes it this way: 'If I obey Jesus Christ in the seemingly random circumstances of life, they become pinholes through which I can see the face of God.'
I love that. It's the daily discipline of seeking His face and taking action when I hear His voice that is the training ground for being more like my Master.
Chambers goes on to conclude ' When I obey Jesus Christ, the redemption of God flows through me to the lives of others because behind the deed of obedience is the reality of Almighty God.'
I am reminded on a daily basis that my own fleshly nature wants to choose the easy way out. I don't want to suppress my desires and I certainly don't feel like getting punished for messing up.
However, if I'm operating in the Spirit, life is much easier.
If I'm following my Master it's easier not to hit the snooze button because I want to get up and hang out with my friend. I want to press into people and tell them the real thing and not the right thing. I want to hit the workout hard.
That is what causes transformation.
Your journey to being more like your Master is achieved through an infinite number of steps following His steps.
As Marie and I were walking on the beach in Florida last week, we could see other people's foot prints ahead of us.
I was reminded that in our journey to be more like our Master, we just have to follow in His footsteps. He has gone ahead of us and has created a Master plan for our lives.
We just need to step into it.