This morning I came across a very interesting scripture. Pslams 15:4b says “who swears to his own hurt and does not change.” My husband was sitting across from me reading his own bible, but I had to share it with him!
This chapter is what some would call the”ideal worshiper of God.” If you want to know what pleases Him, read the whole thing. Obviously we know as New Testament believers that we do not have it within or flesh without the blood of Christ to be “ideal” but yet it is quite obvious that God still not only honors obedience, He demands it, if we are to have a right relationship with Him and our fellow-man.
The principle in this verse along with many of these in this chapter are almost non-existent in our culture today, even in the church. To commit to something, a ministry, a job, a family, a spouse, is done very loosely these days. Oh, we act like we are committing, we say all the right words, using all the right facial expressions and body movements, we really know how to play the part. But, when it comes down to the pain of that commitment which I believe to be discipline, we too often wiggle out and use our “freedom in Christ” to do so.
Discipline is a yucky word, isn’t it? And yet we have to have it if we are to make it in life. We cannot expect a good job, unless we discipline ourselves to be there on time, take instruction and act upon it.
We cannot have health unless we discipline ourselves to eat healthy foods, excercise, and get adequate sleep.
We cannot have a healthy marriage unless we discipline ourselves to put the other spouse first, denying our flesh, dying to our own selves over and over.
We cannot have healthy relationships period unless we discipline ourselves to spend the time that is needed, and give of ourselves.
We cannot have a healthy ministry unless we discipline ourselves to spend ample time with God, and give out what we take in….
And yet, at times all of this is painful. True? But the rewards…. are so worth it!
I am convinced after reading Psalms 15 that we are so easily moved in all of these areas because we lack self-hurting commitment. May we crucify our flesh today and worship an Almighty God with our lives!