Disciplined Lives

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

During his life, Paul experienced the power of God to do extraordinary things. He became a Believer after a supernatural encounter with Jesus. Many miraculous things took place throughout his ministry. But he also knew the importance of our practical choices.

Some Believers in Thessalonica were defying God’s principle of industriousness, neglecting the gifts He had given them. Instead of putting their resources to use, they were “doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.”

Knowing that some had been “leading an undisciplined life,” he stressed the importance of being disciplined. He used a Greek word with a military root. This referred to the response of soldiers to a commander and the importance of putting things in order and completing tasks.

As Believers, we are to recognize God as our ultimate authority, readily obeying Him as soldiers obey their commander. We are to recognize that we have been given assignments and resources. God looks to see how we respond, seeking those who are faithful stewards.

We also are called to live disciplined lives. We should realize that we determine the fruit of our lives when we put our faith into action. Even after we are “born again” we still need to “work in quiet fashion” and eat our “own bread.”

Paul knew how easily hard work and discipline can become boring. Rather than “grow weary of doing good,” he urged us to keep doing the right things. To be faithful and good stewards of the resources God gives us. To live disciplined lives, pleasing Him with our choices.