“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6-7).
The priority of every believer should be growing up spiritually. This is a process by which we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Rom. 12:2). We have seen the roles that desire, diet and decision play in this process. Let’s proceed further to look at the importance of discipline.
Discipline: This is the training that inculcates right habits. It takes discipline to remain consistent on the path of spiritual growth. Once you start, you don’t let go. As you learn God’s Word, you must meditate on it day and night (Ps. 1:2-3). To “meditate” simply means to “ ponder and mutter”. You think and say what you see in the Word about you in Christ.
For instance, the bible calls you righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21; 6:14). That’s who you are! Then put that same truth on your lips by saying it again and again! Righteousness consciousness breeds righteous action, it’s never the other way round. The communication of your faith becomes effectual as you acknowledge(recognize) every good thing which is in you in Christ (Phil. 6). As you do this, you will truly see the nature of Christ in you dominating every thought you think and every action you take.
You have to be disciplined also in attending church meetings regularly (Heb. 10:25). Every opportunity to hear the teaching of Christ is an opportunity for spiritual development. If you find yourself in a local church where you are not being fed with the right diet as explained earlier, it is necessary you stop attending because you take the matter of growing up spiritually seriously. You have to cut off from friends who do not encourage the new lifestyle of discipline you have embraced. Habits that produce spiritual maturity and stability are formed through the choices you make.
Nothing is more fulfilling than growing up spiritually. You’ll discover that you’re walking worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:9-11)
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