A Disciplined Disciple

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will- Romans 12:2

In today’s modern church, the gospel message is being watered down, affecting our churches, schools, and faith communities. As a disciple of Christ, God has challenged, inspired and even convicted me about changes I need to make towards holiness. I’m one person in a body of believers called the church. If the church doesn’t change, who will?

Do we recognize the destructive philosophies in today’s world leading to a radical decrease in faith? Individualism that says, “what’s it in for me?“ A false notion of freedom that says, “I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, without the interference of any other person or party.”

Hedonism – if it feels good do it. It’s a philosophy that places pleasure as the ultimate aim of life, but is a passport to the enslavement of 1,000 addictions, and in the end produces not pleasure, but despair.

Minimalism – what is the least I can do and still get the maximum reward? It’s infected every aspect of society, and tragically, is one of the diseases eating away at the church. Consciously or sub-consciously, people everywhere seem to be asking, “What is the least I can do and still keep my job? What is the least I can do and still keep my marriage alive? What is the least I can do and still get to heaven?“

Jesus never asked, “What’s in it for me?” He was motivated by a spirit of service. Jesus didn’t advocate pleasure but proclaimed a life of self-denial saying, “Whoever wishes to follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross.” Jesus did not ask himself, “What is the least I can do and still bring salvation to humanity?” He asked, “What is the most I can do? And that was His death on the cross.

The life that Jesus invites you and me to live is very different than the lifestyle our modern culture invites us to live. It is easy to be a follower, but to be a disciple requires discipline…one day at a time.
Have a blessed day!

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