“Will You Pay the Price?”Categories: In the Bulletin
Will You Pay the Price?
Over the last five weeks we have talked about the importance of developing a spiritual life plan. With a plan, you have the ability to realize a greater amount of your potential, measure your success, and encourage others. The handouts you have received have been designed to make the process as practical as possible. If you haven’t done so already, please schedule some time to assess where you are currently, complete your past, and schedule S.M.A.R.T. achievement and habit goals. After you begin the journey, you can look forward to the progress you’ll experience in a few short weeks or months.
Achieving anything requires a certain level of sacrifice.
Are you willing to invest what is necessary in order to accomplish your spiritual goals?
When it comes to spiritual growth and development, the New Testament is full of admonitions for spiritual discipline. One example is found in 1 Timothy 4.13-16. Paul urged Timothy to devote himself to Christianity. The action words in these verses are the keys to self discipline and the achievement of all our spiritual goals: “Devote yourself,” “Do not neglect,” “Practice these things,” “Immerse yourself in them,” “Watch yourself,” and “Persist in this.”
These principles are applicable in any endeavor we choose for self-improvement in life.
As you know, whatever worldly things we give up to get where we need to be with God is more than worth it. Paul said: Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe, 1 Timothy 4.7b-10.
Remember, God works as we work, Philippians 2.12-13. Are you a willing participant in the process?
-- Matthew Allen