This morning my thoughts go to who we are accountable to. As a small child I was accountable to my parents. As a teenager I was still accountable to my parents but I started branching out and became accountable to my teachers, and began a relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit and became accountable to God for my actions.
Today, as a married man, I am accountable to my wife, in the work place, accountable to our bosses and accountable to my children, as an example of living the Christian life.
Yes, in everything, I am accountable to God for the way I control my body; mind, spirit and body, under His authority. Paul said he did not “set aside the grace of God”—make it ineffective in: Galatians 2:21. I must exhibit in my own body the life of the Lord Jesus, not mysteriously or secretly, but openly and boldly.
“I discipline my body and bring it into subjection …” (1 Cor. 9:27). Every Christian can have his body under absolute control for God.
God has given us the responsibility to rule over all including our thoughts and desires for our body is: “the temple of the Holy Spirit,” as stated in 1 Cor. 6:19.
We are responsible for these bodies, and we must never give way to improper ones. But most of us are much more severe in our judgment of others than we are in judging ourselves.
We make excuses for things in ourselves, while we condemn things in the lives of others, simply because we are not naturally inclined to do them. We are created with a body soul and spirit.
- We are to “present [our] bodies a living sacrifice …” as stated in Romans 12:1.
We are to present our body soul and spirit unto the Lord. In other-words, we have to make our body soul and spirit conform to the obedience to God’s Word.
It will take sanctification, our part in choosing to live Christ like.
Sanctification means more than being freed from sin. It means, the deliberate commitment of myself, to the God of my salvation, and being willing to pay the price…whatever it may cost.
If we do not sacrifice the natural to the spiritual, the natural life will resist and defy the life of the Son of God in us and will produce continual turmoil. This is always the result of an undisciplined spiritual nature.
We go wrong because we stubbornly refuse to discipline ourselves physically, morally, or mentally.
We excuse ourselves by saying, “Well, I wasn’t taught to be disciplined when I was a child.”
Then discipline yourself now! If you don’t, you will ruin your entire personal life for and with God.
So you can say a disciplined life is twofold:
1) That of a natural discipline of the body (physical, morally, mentally) &
2) That of a spiritual discipline (Bible study, prayer, sharing the Gospel, and fellowship).
Let’s start today, be determined to be self-disciplined to both our self and to God. A vessel for God’s use…for the glory of the Father through His Son Jesus in us.
As always, love in Christ Jesus,