Becoming a disciplined follower of Jesus Christ entails acknowledgement of your need for a savior, confessing your sins and submitting your life to Him. From there you must discipline yourself to adhere to God’s ways instead of the ways of the world. This sounds straight forward, but many new believers (and even longtime converts) struggle putting aside the world and it’s views and submitting their life entirely to Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
We have great examples in the Bible of people who disciplined their life and heart and submitted totally to God. One example is John the Baptist who came before Jesus paving the way for our Savior’s coming. His message:
Matthew 3: 2 GW “Turn to God and change the way you think and act, because the kingdom of heaven is near.”
There is preparation required in coming to Jesus. Acknowledging God exists comes first. In order to accept the truths God gives us, faith must influence your heart. To recognize you are a sinner in need of a Savior. Disciples must open their hearts and minds to God’s ways and understand they are in conflict with the world’s ways. From there they must transform their thinking and act in love.
When Jesus arrived, he went to John to be baptized. When John objected Jesus said:
Matthew 3: 15 NLT “It must be done, because we must do everything that is right.” So then John baptized him.
Father God has definite ways he wants us to do things. Jesus is our example. He knew his Father has an order to His ways…always righteous and holy and not of this fallen world. The world’s ways may seem right to men, but they do not meet the standards Father God has set. Obedience to Father God must lead the way.
Disciplined: showing a controlled form of behavior or way of working. “a disciplined approach to management”