“Over time,” Stan said, “we have talked a bit about discipleship.”
“We have,” I responded. [Note to reader: Go to the beginning of the blog, on the left side of the computer screen and search for the word “discipleship” to find all of the blog entries dealing with the topic.]
“This morning,” Stan began, “I would like to address the connection between discipline and discipleship.”
“Go for it, Stan.”
“First of all, they have the same word root, which means they both aim in the same direction,” was Stan’s response.
“Secondly,” Stan continued, “I suspect you are more familiar with the concept of discipline than you are with discipleship.”
“You got that right,” I replied, “but more from the lack of discipline than from being disciplined. I was not disciplined very much while growing up.”
Continuing, Stan said, “Discipline can, but does not necessarily mean, punishment.”
“In terms of discipline and discipleship, I think it is fair to say that discipline is about as far away from punishment as I can get.”
“Being disciplined in being a disciple has magnificent rewards; no punishment.”
Stan then asked,“You remember what Jesus said about what needs to be done in order to be His disciple?”
“Deny self, take up my cross, and follow Him,” I replied.
“It takes discipline to do that, but I assure you, my friend, that it is pure pleasure, not punishment!”
If any one wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it. Matthew 16:24, 25.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that I can be your disciple. And thank you for showing me what that means. It takes discipline, and you know how lazy I can be. Please, Lord, forgive all of that laziness and move in me exactly as you want so I will truly and consistently deny myself, do what you have for me to do, and follow you, wherever you want to lead. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.