2 Kings 2:9-10 “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me. And Elijah said, What you have asked is a hard thing.”
It doesn’t matter what arena of life you want success in, there is a price to be paid. The price comes back to are you willing to do the hours, develop the knowledge, acquire the skills and practice delayed gratification. If your goal is to grow closer to God, then put in the hours of prayer, bible reading and worship. If your goal is to build wealth, get control of your spending, save diligently and invest wisely. If your goal is to be fit and healthy, develop more consistent sleep patterns, exercise daily and improve your nutrition. Anything worth achieving in life requires an investment on your part. If you’re dissatisfied with your current results, change your approach and make the commitment to become the best you can be with whatever resources and opportunities are currently in front of you. Success in anything is a hard thing but the reward is worth it. Pay the price now, so you can play later!
Many people talk a lot about wanting something in life but very few of us actually go out and pay a price to possess what we want. Too many people live in quiet desperation brooding over their problems and secretly coveting the life someone else is currently living. I encourage you to stop comparing and fantasising in vain and actually go after what you want. One of the most powerful questions Jesus ever asked someone in the Gospels was, “What do you want me to do for you?” You would think that for blind Bartimaeus that it was obvious what he wanted = sight but Jesus still asked him anyway. We hear so many preachers telling us to deny ones self to follow Jesus and yet I think we would be surprised to know that Jesus is interested in finding out what exactly it is you want from him. Once you get clear on your answer, the next question is, how bad do you want it? Or, put another way, what price are you willing to pay for it? Stop wishing and start doing. You’ll be surprised at the outcome!
Proverbs 16:32 “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
Self-discipline is a bridge that can take you from where you are to where you want to be. One of the things that characterizes our capacity as humans is our willingness to discipline ourselves for what is most important to us. What we really want to do, we do, even if it involves sacrifice and copious amounts of discipline.
No one got anywhere without disciplining themselves to focus their time and energy on the goal before them. Without a goal or a vision set before you, you’ll lack the motivation to discipline yourself but when you have a compelling reason to get up early, eat well, study and go the extra mile, discipline will come much easier.
Musicians discipline themselves to practice hours everyday. Athletes get up at 5am and prepare their bodies for the rigors of competition. Politicians log hundreds of hours in the office preparing for their election campaign. Pastors work tirelessly preparing sermons and discipling budding leaders to help grow the church. Mums invest hundreds of hours each week raising kids and building into their future. Why do we do the things that we do? Its because we see the goal before us and we think its worth disciplining ourselves for.
How much more should we be willing to lead ourselves when it comes to the call of God on our lives? God has given you a call because there’s a need in the earth, he has created you to meet. Your call has eternal ramifications. Whether or not you fulfill your call depends on your willingness to discipline yourself for it. What are the things you keep putting off that God has called you to do? What is the one thing right now in your life that if you disciplined yourself to do it, would add the most value to you? Keep the goal clear and discipline yourself to work towards it.
1 Corinthians 9:27 “I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”