Devotional: “I am, disciplined!”

Written by gregdenham on October 27th, 2010

Below are thoughts about what it means to live godly discipline. It’s written in the first person so you can make it a devotion/meditation. Enjoy!

“I live with accountability to the will of God and the chief priorities identified in the Word of God. Like Paul who wrote, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” (The Greek word for “disqualified” was used to describe metals not worth coinage – throwaways.) I recognize that in order to live godly discipline, “Time” must be managed correctly in my life. There are two GRK words translated “Time:” “Chronos” and “Kairous”. “Chronos” is time that is measured by the clock. It carries the idea of an obligation, or something that needs to be completed in a particular time frame. “Kairos” is time that is measured by events or special moments, and carries the idea of opportunity. I will be unable to manage “Chronos” responsibly without identifying “Kairos”  — the most important “opportunities” and “priorities” in life. For example, a basketball game is 60 minutes (i.e. Chronos). In order to win the game, however, specific opportunities will need to be seized (i.e. Kairios). Today the speed of the “game of life” has increased immeasurably. Unless I am disciplined with the chief priorities that are to define my life — a Christian witness will get left in the dust and time will be wasted and the clock will run out. Priorities? Life-Partner. Parent. Preacher. Prayer. Provider. Purity. Progress. Perseverance.”

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