Monday, April 29th, 2013
Little League Games (Part 7)
Dabblers Without Discipline
For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.
Proverbs 5:23 (NIV)
Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame.
Proverbs 13:18 (NIV)
Those who disregard discipline despise themselves.
Proverbs 15:32 (NIV)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)
A dabbler is 'one who engages in activity superficially or without serious intent' (American Heritage Dictionary). Discipline is 'a regimen that develops or improves a skill' (Random House Dictionary). Therein a dabbler without discipline is doomed to failure by God and by man--including the major leagues of entertainment.
What kinds of discipline are needed?
1) The discipline of spirit: John the Baptist said, 'He must increase, but I must decrease.' The Apostle Paul said, 'I die daily' (1 Corinthians 15:31). We must die to selfishness to increase in God.
'For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want' (Galatians 5:17). God's major league players must discipline their carnal spirit to grow in His Holy Spirit.
2) The discipline of the body: If our body is the 'Temple of The Holy Spirit' (1 Corinthians 6:19), shouldn't we be in tip top shape? If we want our churches to be clean and attractive, shouldn't we want our bodies to be the same? After all, we are His church. We are His billboards. Worldly stars remember what some of God's stars forget: physical conditioning. Looking like a star on the outside is a major league uniform.
3) The discipline of the mind: 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind' (Matthew 22:37). But even Peter wavered: 'You are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men' (Matthew 16:23). Actors, models and talent for Christ must be vigilant to keep their minds on God first, because only He can bring the right success.
'We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ' (2 Corinthians 10:5).
4) The discipline of the mouth: God says, 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue' (Proverbs 18:21). Even more: 'No human being can tame' it (James 3:8). But the Holy Spirit can. Pray for God's guidance: 'Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips' (Psalm 141:3).
God's stars bear the responsibility to speak life-filled words to friends, family, fans and foes.
In summary, Satan whispers that success should come easy. But he is a liar. Discipline precedes success. Therefore, tighten God's belt of truth, lace up His shoes of peace and get in God's Shape: Spirit, Body, Mind and Mouth.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Little League Games series.