Someone describes “Discipline” as “training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior.” Spiritual disciplines can be described as those behaviors that augment our spiritual growth and enable us to grow to spiritual maturity. The process begins the moment a person encounter the risen Christ and comes to Him for salvation. He concludes by saying that the purpose of spiritual discipline is the development of our inner being, that which has been transformed by Christ at salvation as per 2 Corinthians 5:17.
In light of the above definition and explanation, it stands to reason and to ask how disciplined are you and I as a believer in Christ toward authenticity and maturity in Him? All things being equal, you and I ought to be continually growing daily with our increasing age of coming in relationship with Christ. Unfortunately, it is hardly so in view of our different attitudes to our spiritual commitment to Jesus. The parable of the four different types of soil tends to explain our different receptions and attitudes representing those of us who claim to be in church belonging to Christ. Matthew 13 explains it well. The first group of hearers of God’s word is characterized by anyone who hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, but the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. Such a person does not even make effort toward intentional discipline. The second group represents those who give only joyful emotional response to the word, but nothing concrete and rooted. Mere emotion is not responsible discipline and response because it comes and goes away. Such a stand cannot contain affliction or persecution which is part of serious Christian experience. The third group, the seed among the thorns, represents the person who hears the word and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word and becomes unfruitful. The last group represents those who hear the word and understand it and go ahead to practice it consistently. Such ones are the really the disciplined and disciples genuine followers of Christ. We can sum it up this way: Your heart condition in response to the reception and attitude of the word determines the level of your maturity and spiritual discipline. Dr. Johnson Omoni