The 3 Parts of Discipleship
Below is a topic that has been on my heart since the beginning of the year. The more I follow Jesus, the more I realize how He wants me well. Even though sickness and hard times may come in my life (because we live in a broken world & this place is not our home), I completely believe God wants us to take care ourselves and do our part to stay healthy. I believe God wants our minds, souls, and bodies to be as healthy as we can get them to be, so we can run the race He has for us well. The following may be a bit messy, but they're literally my thoughts just spit out on "paper". At the end of it, I pray you are encouraged and inspired to take your life seriously, and to take care of yourself the way God would want for you!
Discipleship is three parts:
Its mind, soul, and body.
God wants us to transform all three:
1. Mind- god wants us to transform our mind and keep it pure. He desires for us to think like Him
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians 4:8
2. Soul- God wants our souls transformed. When we accept Christ into our life, Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. Daily, God desires for us to kill the flesh so we can allow Holy Spirit to take up residence within our hearts.
"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh." Galatians 5:16
"Those who are in the flesh cannot please God." Romans 8:8
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." Galatians 5:22-25
3. Body- I think this one is neglected by many people. Our bodies are TEMPLES of the living God. That’s what God says about us.. If our bodies are seen as THAT important to Jesus, wouldn’t it make sense for us to 'disciple' our body? Wouldn’t it make sense to discipline our body?
God desires that we discipline our minds, and our spirits… so why do we think that our bodies don’t count in this process?
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple." 1 Corinthians 3:16
"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
While doing a workout video the other day, something that the lead instructor said really stuck with me. At the end of the work out, he said, "what’s your PURPOSE for doing this workout?" I think that is key if we are going to follow Jesus and allow ourselves to become disciplined in all three areas. The key is finding your PURPOSE through giving your life to Jesus.
This life is temporary, and the things of this world will leave us feeling empty inside. Living for this world will not satisfy us. But, when you accept Jesus into your life, you will eventually realize that this world is not our home, heaven is. God has ordained our steps to fulfill His purposes on this earth.
The work of God is tough. It can gets dirty and messy. It also takes endurance. We need our minds, souls, and bodies to be strengthened and matured to the best of its ability in order to fulfill the work of Christ well.
After reading through all these verses, I believe its Gods desire and will for us to disciple our bodies in all areas- spiritually, emotionally, and physically. This will benefit us, but most importantly it will benefit God and His kingdom.
God bless you, and may you run His race well!