“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.”
– Revelation 3:19 (Jesus speaking)
We have seen repeatedly in the scripture passages upon which we’ve meditated that being a disciple means being disciplined. I’m here going to repeat just a portion of a lengthy passage we covered:
It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
– Hebrews 12:7-11
Jesus disciplines us out of a motive of love. His purpose is to make us more like Himself. As they say, “It takes one to know one.” Therefore, we’re never going to truly know Jesus except to the degree that we become like Him. And we’re only going to become like Him to the degree that we accept His discipline – day by day.
Some people don’t accept His discipline for themselves but do seek to impose it on others. These are the “social justice warriors.” Of course, not all of them invoke the name of Jesus, but the ones who do want you to “straighten up and fly right,” which always means “fly in formation.” That is, you’re supposed to go along to get along. And what you’re supposed to go along with is whatever they want.
Such people ask “What Would Jesus Do?” but they already know what they want and they’re just hoping to convince you it’s what Jesus wants. Jesus did not come to coerce people into doing what’s right. Letting yourself get crucified is not a power move.
Let us be as zealous in our repenting as He is in His disciplining.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, thank You for loving me enough to spend time teaching me to think as You think…so that I can behave as You behaved…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)