“If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:6-8 NIV, 1984).
Scenario One: In order to lose weight, you go to the gym once a week (maybe twice, depending on the gym). You try to eat the right foods on a daily basis, but if you don’t eat healthy, you brush it off. It’s fine. I’m had a really busy day… I didn’t have time to spend time eating the right foods… I deserve a night off since I went to the gym a few days ago…
Scenario Two: In order to lose weight, you spend everyday measuring what you eat and do: you examine the calories, fat, fiber, and protein of each food; you go to the gym at least three days a week; and you drink a lot of water.
We all know that “Scenario Two” is the type of self-disciplined lifestyle that will give us the results we are looking for. So why do we treat our life with God like the first one, undisciplined and sporadic? God requires that we live a self-disciplined life. What does that look like for you? What needs to change in your life now for you to become self-disciplined in your life with God?