After ManSchool, Ryan Walker went back to work and opened his daily devotional – this is what he read …
“Spiritual Growth doesn’t happen automatically. You must desire to grow, decide to grow, discipline yourself, and delight in spiritual growth. “But my life is just too hard,” you say. A lot of folks have it worse than you and grown into spiritual maturity, and a lot of folks have had it better and remained stuck in spiritual infancy. That’s because they doubted their ability to grow, drifted wherever the current took them, or delayed their growth, thinking, “I’ll get around to it when things change.” But it never happens.
Growth always begins with a decision. “Follow me and be my disciple…So Matthew got up and followed him” (Matt 9:9). Matthew didn’t understand all the implications of his decision; he simply decided to follow Jesus. That’s all you need to get started – a decision. Nothing shapes your life like the decisions you make. If you want to know what you’ll be in twenty or thirty years from now, examine the commitments and priorities that rule your life. It’s at the point of commitment that most of miss God’s best. Because we are afraid to commit to anything, we make half-hearted commitments to too many things and end up frustrated because we chose the wrong things. And when we commit to the wrong things we end up living with regrets. Every choice has consequences, so choose wisely. Christlikeness is the result of making Christlike choices, then depending on Him to help you fulfill those choices. And He will: God accurately reproduces his character in you (Eph 4:24).”
If you read the last post on faithfulness, you will see the exact same theme coming through – a present action determines a future outcome. Like saving for retirement, exercising, losing weight, work-ethic, the kind of husband/father you will be – we all have two paths to choose, the path of discipline or the path of regret.
If I desire to be vibrant, healthy, sharp and fit when I am 70 then I have a choice to make. If I discipline myself and set out on daily quest to exercise and eat right, I will get the desired outcome. It’s going to cost me something. Me. It will cost me, “me”. I will have to slay self that desires French fries, chips, ice cream, etc. in exchange for what I know is right for my body.
If I believe we are to be good financial stewards of what God has entrusted to us, then I have a decision to make. I need to get 100% debt free. I need to balance my checkbook, control my spending and save/invest. But something’s got to give. Me. I cannot spend money as I want and just hope magically everything will turn out alright when I’m ready to retire.
I want to grow in my faith. I no longer want to accept the lie that “I’ll never be the kind of guy that learns the Bible” or just default to, “My wife is the spiritual one”. No. I want to grow in my faith, I desire to lead my family spiritually. Well, that’s going to take the same discipline needed to get in shape. It means getting in the Word. It means getting up at 5am to go to ManSchool at 6am in the freezing cold! It means not saying, “I just don’t have the time to be in a Bible study or small group“. There are choices to be made…either way.
Actions speak louder than words and as we’ve learned, a present action determines a future outcome. You have already made one of two choices – you’re either on the path of discipline or the path of regret. Which one are you on? Is it time to make a change?
Are you going to LiveUP?