1 Timothy 4:7-10 ”discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.”
I exercise for an hour every day, I fast for 24 hours 2 days a week, and I don’t eat anything with refined sugar in it. I figure I am going to die when it is God’s plan for me to die, but between now and then I want to be able to serve Him with a lot of energy and a sharp mind, so I am doing my part to help make it happen.
Exercise and diet are disciplines. Our physical bodies including our brains are hard-wired for comfort and easy, so anything outside of that requires discipline. That is why most don’t exercise or diet, to hard.
Our spiritual growth is like our physical growth and health. We need to read our Bibles every day, spend time with God every day in prayer, memorize scripture and meditate on it daily, read good books, listen to good sermons, listen to good music and worship, examine our life for sin and confess them to God every day.
We won’t do the spiritual disciplines unless we make a goal that is specific, read them every day, and share them with some friends who will hold us accountable.
Most don’t do the spiritual disciplines, and as a result they will grow at a very slow rate if at all. These verses describe the problem well.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.