Get Into the Word:
"Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified." (1 Corinthians 9:27, HCSB)
"His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." (2 Peter 1:3, CSB)
Ponder the Word:
"You have the Word of God before you, and the Holy Spirit within you. What more do you need?!" Every excuse I could muster up melted under this declaration of truth— I already had everything I would ever need to be obedient to what God was prompting me to do. But I wasn't exercising discipline.
As followers of Jesus, what are we to be disciplined at if we are to "not be disqualified" as Paul said?
In John 15:1-10, Jesus uses the word abide ten times in the first ten verses. Perhaps there is something critically important about continuing to stay present with Jesus. Going for gold is not about busying ourselves with activity for Him, but disciplining ourselves to abide with Him.
The strength of your connection to Christ will determine your effectiveness in His kingdom. What disciplines help you stay connected to Christ?
1. Spend time with Him, talk to Him & trust Him.
You will not get to a know a person without spending time together, engaging in conversation, and trusting that what they say is true. Make Bible reading a regular rhythm in your life. Look to the Word before you listen to the world. Accept the invitation to dialogue, trust His Word and the leading of His Holy Spirit. He is Truth.
2. Choose the deep end.
Ask God for an assignment that requires you to depend on Him. [*Spoiler alert*] It will have something to do with making Him known or as Paul says, preaching to others. And, when you preach to others, guess who is continually hearing the gospel? You. No matter the who, what, where, when and how of your assignment, it will eventually involve making known something you know about Him. You will never go wrong with seeking to know Him as you open up His Word.
3. Plug into the family.
The local church is the body of Christ. Plug into one that will continually remind you of the good news and what you are to do with it.
If you have believed in Jesus, you have the Holy Spirit in you, the Word of God before you, the love of God carrying you, and the mission of God driving you. Discipline yourself to stay connected to Christ my friend so you may not be disqualified for He has qualified you to share.
HE: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me everything I need for life and godliness in the person of Jesus Christ. Thank you that all I need to do is stay connected Jesus, the Vine, and you, the Gardener.
ME: Give me discipline with the activities that will strengthen my connection to You. Forgive me for taking my eyes off the prize and losing sight of my part of Your mission. Deliver me from the temptation to look at other races and think other prizes are more advantageous. Help me to lean into the everything you have already given me.
WE: Fill me Holy Spirit so I can be a bold witness of what you have done on the cross and in my life. I want to live by the divine power you've given.
Tune in next week as we wrap up with the "Going for Gold Manifesto." Praying for you!
Only by grace,
Jesus said, "Apart from me you can do nothing," so we don't need to try! Deepen your dialogue with God over Scripture you read today, and any other day. Let it be the first conversation of your day, but not the only. If you need a place to begin, start with 2 Peter 1:3.
Click here for Part 1: The Road to Gold
Click here for Part 2: Our Gold— The Imperishable Crown
Click here for Part 3: The Goal: What water are you swimming in?