April 3, 2017

Why Discipline is Important in the Defense of your Calling

Showing a controlled form of behavior or way of working, is called discipline. It is a must for any leader, or anyone seeking to accomplish a worthwhile goal.

I love how Andy Andrews' defines discipline:

"Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do something you don't necessarily want to do, to get a result you would really like to have."

We are not born disciplined. We have to be trained, or train ourselves to be so. 

The more disciplined you are, the easier it is to live a peaceful and godly life, as well as be successful in your calling.

The lack of discipline has led to the destruction of many leaders, both in and outside the Body of Christ. 

A lack of discipline, both spiritual and practical, has grounded callings and weakened ministries. 

A wise man wrote, “A man without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken down walls.” Proverbs 25:28 

In ancient times, walls were used as a major part of the defense and protection of a city. If the walls were damaged, broken or destroyed, the enemy would have easy access into the city. 

In defense of your calling, you will have to build figurative walls of protection. These walls are the discipline needed for good or godly character, attitude and right living. 

In Ezekiel 13:10-12, God sends a strong rebuke to the people of Israel, “My people build a flimsy wall and these prophets praise them for it and cover it with whitewash! (untempered mortar) Tell these evil builders that their wall will fall and when the wall falls, the people will cry out, ‘Why didn’t you tell us that it wasn’t good enough?” 

God responds: “Why did you whitewash it and cover up its faults?” 

Deal with your flesh issues now! This is my advice to young ministry leaders in a recent blog post. 

The strength of any wall is not in just the bricks used, but also in the quality of the mortar used to bind the bricks together.

The wall was built, but it couldn’t withstand the attack because the mortar was flimsy. By the same token, the mortar of any calling and ministry is discipline. 

“It is unfortunate that we can see and understand the need for discipline and training when it concerns sports, but cannot convert this principle to our spiritual lives.” Clifton Jones

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