Need of Spiritual Disciplines

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men. - Ephesians 6:7

The word “discipline” tends to put people on the defensive because it’s often mistakenly associated with the idea of punishment.  That’s unfortunate, and very inaccurate.  The Latin root of the word discipline means student.  That’s why Webster’s Dictionary defines discipline as “training or experience that corrects, molds, strengthens, or perfects, especially the mental faculties or moral character.”  And that’s why Jesus calls those who follow Him in faith His disciples. 

Through the centuries, Christians have stimulated their life in Christ by practicing what are called “spiritual disciplines.”  But as our culture has increasingly lost the ability to be informed by its past, and as society grows ever more permissive and lax, the “spiritual disciplines” have been forsaken and almost forgotten.

I’m talking about daily Bible reading—alone in a time of devotion, and together with your family. Concentrated, intentional, and regular time of prayer, alone and with fellow believers.  Taking time to care for the sick, the widows and the orphans.  Serving our neighbors in need as a response to Christ’s love for us.

Consider adding one Spiritual discipline to your life this week.

 “The best servant does his work unseen.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894)

 

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.