You only have one life and you only have an allotted amount of time. So how will you use that time most effectively?
One of the things we need so that we would use time most effectively is discipline.
Discipline is being able to do and say the right things at the right time no matter what. So you know you need to do that work but you would rather watch The Big Bang Theory. The difference between you watching the show and you doing the work is whether or not you have discipline.
We have choices every day which require discipline. If we were disciplined with every choice we make what would we be able to achieve with our lives?
Discipline is also being able to figure out what not to do as we live our lives. Disciplined people take as many distractions as they can out of their lives so they are focused on what they need to be focused on.
Paul was a man who was extremely disciplined. Check out this passage that we looked at yesterday:
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. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
He has a goal which could be summarized as to die knowing that he glorified and preached Jesus as much as he possibly could. But did you see the metaphors he uses? He is a runner and a boxer.
I can’t think of two more gruelling sports than marathon running and boxing. Paul is saying his life is like those two sports.
They are two sports that take a huge toll on you but they are also two sports that require huge amounts of self discipline.
He is urging us to be self disciplined
You only have one life
Are you self disciplined?