Aug 16th, 2021
The Extra Mile: Discipline Over Apathy
By: Greg Chandler
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John 15:16-17 You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. But remember the root command: Love one another. (MSG)

If you have paid even a little attention to the stories of characters in the Bible, you’ll pick up on some very consistent themes. An obvious one, which I will not elaborate on as much here, is how hopelessly flawed most everyone seems to be! That God could and would use messed up people to accomplish His work should encourage us all! The common theme among biblical characters I’ll focus on today is how everyone was chosen by God. God could clearly solve problems on His own, but time and again we read that He instead chose someone to do the work and, invariably, His plan would be accomplished and the person He selected would be transformed.

We launched a new teaching series on Sunday called, The Extra Mile—Becoming a Person of Excellence. Sunday’s message was about choosing discipline over apathy. Truthfully, I’ve never been naturally drawn to the word discipline. It brings to mind thoughts of tedious activity. But over the years, I’ve learned to think about it very practically as that which I choose to say yes and no to.

In the Old Testament, Daniel was chosen by God for a monumental task in a hostile environment. Because Daniel had the strength and wisdom to know when to say yes and when to say no, he completed God’s plan and eternally serves as an example for us. We’ll spend this week’s devos looking at Daniel’s faithful choices. He has much to teach us.

Take a moment and let the idea that God has chosen you sink in. Now reflect on what you are currently saying yes and no to. Are these things contributing to your transformation or stagnation?

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