Biblically, the concept of discipline is prevalent throughout both the Old and New Testaments. Over the next few weeks, we will consider several components to leadership that involve discipline.
Contrasting the world, and all that accompanies a sinful lifestyle, with living the Christian life is a division created by discipline.
The Christian life is built upon discipline, or as it is often identified, self-control. However, there is a difference in these two terms. While there are areas that overlap between them, discipline adds the practices and habits of life that lend to character development. Self-control seems more specific to controlling self in the area of emotions and desires.
The challenge introduced here involves learning how to develop the kind of discipline that sets Christians apart from the rest of the world.
The motivation for developing discipline begins with setting goals, establishing priorities, and listing the reasons for which we desire to achieve the task.
These three foundation stones prepare us to identify possible obstacles. When we recognize the obstacles, we can apply the necessary elements to develop a more disciplined lifestyle that breeds success.