We must all be disciplined in so many aspects of our lives. We like to think we don’t need it but we all really do. If I don’t have discipline in eating, I would have to buy more clothes every week, and I’m working on doing better in that. We all have different areas in our lives where we could use more activities or perhaps less, television, for example. We must know ourselves and where we need to be careful so that we can watch ourselves in those areas. Everyone has weaknesses in certain ways that may become a problem for them if not for proper discipline.
My sister had recently seen a billboard that said, “Just Jesus, No Rules.” Isn’t that the way most want to live their lives today? Throw away the rule book and do as you please. This just creates all kinds of problems in a society that is structured on rules of law to keep peace. There is evil out there and it doesn’t like rules and laws to live by. We must follow the rules and the laws of many clubs, like shooting clubs or other sports leagues. There are rules to go into restaurants or stores; how you dress and what you can do. We must have rules in order to have things run smoothly in any society. Many people don’t like rules because they want things their way or the way they are comfortable with. People don’t like to feel uncomfortable in any situation, it is human nature. So, we have entered into a - have it your way society.
When it comes to our eternity we have a rule book to follow. You may choose your own destination by what you want to follow in the rule book. It was written for all mankind, to give them an opportunity to live with God forever or without God forever, in misery. The Bible is our rule book and guide to heaven. If you don’t play life by the rules, there will be discipline. If we choose to not live as we should, there may be church discipline as instructed by God’s word. The rules are written for us to follow and live by. We didn’t write the rules, but must follow the rules. Don’t think you can have it your own way and dishonor God and His words, and not be separated from Him.
Ephesians 2:10 (For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.) Hold fast to your belief in God and see that you don’t fall away to the ways of men. Hebrews 2:1 (For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.) Hebrews 4:12-13 (For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirt, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight,) Hebrews 4:15-16 ( For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.)
Trust in God not this world.
In Him, Chuck