Discipline is Dismissed
"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him." (Matthew 4:19–20)
We live in a land noted and favored for its freedom; a country where Protestant Christianity is popular and well accepted.
I noted this to speak of one of the great spiritual dangers inherent in Protestantism, the fact that there is no discipline involved. Anyone in our churches is pretty much free to do anything he wants to do. If he does not like one church, he has only to cross the street and go to another. If he does not like the preacher, he can leave and soon be attending a church where he is quite pleased with the preacher and with the music and with the atmosphere.
You see, he is demanding Christianity without discipline. He is refusing to acknowledge that the Christian faith makes its own demands of obedience to God and humility of spirit.
When his personal desires take the upper hand, the voice of the Spirit of God is stifled and silenced. There can be only one result—the human soul will become starved and deformed!
Lord, forgive me for putting my personal desires above Your Spirit’s rule in my life. Sometimes this happens so subtly, but it always ends in frustration. Speak to me, Lord. I’m listening with a renewed attentiveness.