DEFINING MOMENT

Happy Sabbath everyone. I would like to show you an interesting fact based around two definitions and the importance of it.

1 The definition of discipline is:

the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior
the controlled behavior resulting from such training
activity or experience that provides mental or physical training
a system of rules of conduct
a branch of knowledge, typically one studied in higher education

The root word of discipline comes from the Latin word “discipulus”

2 The definition of disciple is:

a personal follower of Jesus
a follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher

The root word of disciple comes from the Latin word “discipulus”

When we look at the root of both words, we see they derived from the same word: “discipulus”. It’s no secret that Y’shua is calling us to be disciples of Him; or disciplined in Him. If one studies Holy Scripture, they can see the characteristics of a Christian (disciple, follower of Christ) in the definition of discipline. Yet, a disciplined Christian life has become a dirty word among religion today: it’s considered works. It’s taught by religion that we can’t have discipline in our lives: we can’t stop sinning; it’s impossible. Yet, we know the Holy Scripture says we must stop (John 5:14) and Paul said: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

Paul was teaching discipline of the mind; in that which we think (Prov 23:7). We can have discipline, we can control what we think and what we do; that makes us free will beings. God will not ask from us that which we can not do. Yet, how can we control what we think? “Garbage in, garbage out”. If we continue to feed our minds with the garbage of this world, we will continue to think garbage. If we feed our minds with the nutrition of God, our minds will be disciplined to think on these good things.

I’m going to be honest: I’ve come to the belief that most people, who profess a following of Christ, do not want to stop thinking on the garbage they think on; they don’t want to be disciplined in what they do, they don’t want to be a disciple. I don’t understand the mentality of waisting the time to do only portions of what is asked of us, only to not make it. Knowing that partial discipline is an abomination to Him, should we not be completely disciplined in our following of Christ?