“We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
I have been corrected. Yes, believe it or not, yours truly is not above reproof. For years, I have been basing ones daily routine as the only indicator of discipline, and I was shown rather obviously last night that I WAS WRONG!
Where does this thinking come from? Everyone around me as a child lived on routine. To this day, my Grandmother and I have lunch every Friday at 12noon. She does her laundry on the same day every week, the family eats at the same time everyday, and everything about Grandma’s house is on routine. Of course, my Aunt lives with a form of Autism so this only adds to the complexity of order.
Then as children, when we go school, it is at the same time everyday. We eat, sleep, brush our teeth, and are even allowed bathroom breaks only in between working hours. Everything about us is structured. From our feeding times to our potty breaks and well, living this way is very human. (Come to think about it if a baby feeds every 2 hours, while it is necessary to survival, isn’t that the purest form and example of human nature- to be found on a rigid routine?)
This is why the Pharisees were so blown away by Jesus, and His bold statements like this one:
“So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.” Matt. 6:34
Here Jesus is telling His followers to quit being human! It is such a ‘blasphemous’ statement, wouldn’t you think? It would be like me telling you, “Quit living as a human!”
The revelation that came to me; was that I had been living my life merely as a human, rigid, and on routine and judging others by not living in the same exact way. (Unfortunately Jeff got the most of my frustration) This judgment, started with myself,
“Why aren’t I waking up the same time, eating at the same time, going to bed at the same time? I am a grown up, I should know how to do this by now!”
What started with me, ended up projecting to others, “So and so isn’t really committed, because if they were, they would be here by now. So and so isn’t really committed, because if they were, they would understand that if you do THE SAME thing everyday you will succeed… eventually!”
DISCIPLINE OF THOUGHT
I don’t believe that God would create us as creatures of habit, and not expect us to be able to put this habitual nature to some good use. If this rigidity came as a price for sin, (some Theologians suspect that we had no fleshly bodies before sin) we know that according to Romans 8:28 God would still be able to use our even our human nature for good.
“We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
The kind of discipline that we are required to live by, the way we harness this trend toward rigidity, is to be rigid and the most disciplined in our thoughts.
I found myself judging my husband (and I am sure others), because he didn’t “do” the same thing every day, when he is in all actuality the most disciplined person I know. Never watching, reading, or listening to things that go against the Word of God proving through his speech and actions that he is more disciplined even than myself. Who am I to say when another person should wake or sleep am I God?
The King James Version says that we are called to “cast down every imagination that exalts itself against the Word of God.” This is our action of discipline; this is the ONLY discipline that matters.
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matt. 6:30-34 The Message
A prayer for today,
“Father God, please forgive me. Forgive me for casting judgment on others based on their actions, when they have been working so hard on the forefronts of their minds. Forgive me for seeing in my husband the worst, and not praying for the best. Forgive me also Lord for allowing myself to get so tired that I was only relying on works and not on Your Glory and movement of faith. Keep me forever mindful of Your Word, and help me to see things as less human, day by day. In Your Son Jesus’ name, AMEN.”
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