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Monday, January 14, 2013

6:21 AM

Hebrews 3:6 - "but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son.  And we are His house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope, firm to the end."


I recently saw an advertisement for a electronic fork.  Apparently the purpose of this utensil was to record data for you on how you eat your food so that you could learn to be more disciplined in your eating.  Now the fork doesn't tell you whether or not what you are eating is healthy or not, but it does let you know if the bites you are taking are too big or in rare instances too small.  It also records how many times you take a bite per minute, so that you can learn to eat "optimally."  All I could do was shake my head in disbelief.

Are we really so undisciplined that we need an electronic fork and a computer to tell us how to eat?  Can we not learn to eat healthy without being aided by an electronic fork?  I can see how this fork would help a person eat less, after all it costs $100 so you don't have as much money to buy food with, but is it really going to help us eat better?

Of course not.  It doesn't record what we are eating or even how much we put on the fork, it just records whether or not we "spoon" our food in to quickly.  But even if it could do all of those things would it really help? It might be an interesting novelty to have but it wouldn't help, the root of the problem.  Because the root of the problem is something called discipline, and no electronic fork is going to give us discipline.

Discipline is something that is definitely needed in our world today isn't it? Not just in matters of food and nutrition, but in all matters.  We as followers of Jesus need to be especially disciplined in our walk with Jesus.  After all the Bible says, "take heed lest you fall," and it reminds us that the fruit of the Spirit is "self-control."  Discipline is important.

It is important to discipline ourselves so that we take time with Jesus, so that Bible study and prayer are important to us.  Charles Spurgeon used to block our periods of time just to spend in the word of God and he wouldn't allow those times to be interrupted unless it was an absolute emergency.  That's discipline.

Jesus Himself got up early on many occasions and withdrew by Himself to a secluded place to pray.  That's discipline.  The disciples were asked one time to stay up with Jesus and "watch and pray", but in a few minutes they were found sleeping.  Their discipline was gone and they had given in to the distractions around them.

We live in a world of constant distraction don't we? Facebook, Twitter, TV, internet, hobbies, responsibilities,…….all kinds of things.  How desperately we need discipline today.  Discipline so that we will spend time with Jesus, the one who calls us His beloved. 

We need discipline so that we will stay away from the temptations and the sins of this world.  So that we can do as Hebrews 3:6 says and "hold fast to our confidence."  So that we live differently than the world around us.  So that we live faithfully, just like the writer of Hebrews reminds us that Jesus did in Hebrews 3.  For us to do those things however, we must be disciplined.  Disciplined to spend time with Jesus because then we will find the strength that we need to hold on to our hope.  Then we will find the strength that we need to say no to temptation.  Then we will find the strength we need to live faithful lives. 

It all starts with Jesus and us spending time in His presence.  If we aren't then the world will "stick a fork in us because we are done."(Pun intended)