“God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
Without the quality of discipline, we would not be able to let our other gifts grow. This often overlooked quality is one of the things that has hindered us from being able to serve God with all our hearts, all our minds, and all our strengths. What does discipline in our lives mean? When others waste time, we work. We study while others play, and we persevere when others give up.
Probably one of the greatest martial artists of the modern century believed in the quality of discipline. Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate, spoke of a quality called “hito-kana sanen” which meant for one person to truly understand one Karate form (kata), one had to practice the same form over and over again for three years.
Isn’t that one of the things that has plagued our society today? Too little of us spend time to actually applying ourselves to perfection simply because it takes too much work. However, as Christians, that is precisely what we need to do. Whenever we work, we do not work as if we work for people, but for God. When we work for God, that work is worship—an offering. When we worship, it means we give the best that we can ever give. The only way for us to build ourselves to be able to give the best that we can ever give is for us to discipline ourselves to hone our minds, bodies, and spirits to the utmost.