When “disciple-making” is mentioned, many of us tend to get cold feet and jitters in our stomachs. How can I share the gospel with an unbeliever when I have questions myself? Or how can I get into a discipling relationship with another believer when I still struggle with issues in my life? Who can be up to the task of disciple-making? I understand and share this struggle. However, part of the reluctance is also due to our perceptions – we think that disciple-making is best left to experts or at least to those who have got their life together. Disciple-making is simply life on life – as we point each other to Jesus and live out the Christian life together in response to the grace of God in Christ Jesus given to us.
I pray that when the Holy Spirit spurs us into action to step “out of the norm” that we listen.
I pray that we are bold and daring for not only the Army but most importantly for God.
I prayer that we pursue lives not just statistics.
I prayer that we measure our successes not by mere public accolades and government funding, but by lives discipled and transformed by our willingness and His power.
Self discipline therefore requires a balance between pleasure and pain, as too much or too little of either will destroy any attempts at living a more disciplined life.