If you are a believer who has accepted salvation, you are called to be a disciple. A disciple is simply a follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher. In this case we are called to be followers of Christ. Another definition states, "someone who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of a famous person." Well Jesus is more than just a famous person, but lets work with that definition.
In order to be an effective disciple, you have to have a characteristic very similar in composition. That characteristic is, discipline. No, not the noun discipline which refers to the giving of punishment, correction and rebuke; but the adjective discipline. To have this characteristic, you have to exercise a commitment to a purpose.
Well, what’s our purpose? Yes, we each have our own individual purposes, but overarchingly it all boils down to the great commission found in Matthew 28:18-20. It reads, “Jesus came to them [the disciples] and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” So here the teacher, Jesus Christ, is telling his students to go make more students by telling them what I taught you. Simple right?
Okay, so maybe it is harder than it sounds, but it’s also easier than we make it out to be, too. In order to do what Jesus called us to do, we have to be committed. We have to run off commitment. Problem is, too many people run off inspiration. Let me explain:
Inspiration is like a car with no gas going downhill. Everything comes easy. You’re picking up speed. Everything is going your way and you run off that momentum. As long as things are favorable, you keep going forward. Until.. you hit resistance. The moment you reach an uphill slope, you start to slow, you lose your momentum, and eventually you come to a complete stop. After all the momentum is gone and you come to a complete stop, you start retreating - you find yourself going backwards. Sooner or later, you find yourself in a valley; stuck. Sound familiar?
Truth is, it happens to the best of us. We had good intentions, but we were depending on the wrong source. Commitment is fuel; it’s the gas that keeps our car running. When we run off commitment, yes we can pick up momentum downhill, but when we reach that uphill resistance (and trust me, resistance will come) you have what it takes to get up that hill. All you have to do is press on the gas. That’s right, give it a little more commitment! When you run off commitment and not inspiration, you’re not afraid of the hill. As a matter of fact, you look forward to the hill.
Why do I say that? Because going uphill forces you to look up. As the Psalmist put it, I look to the hills from whence cometh my help. When you are going downhill, running off inspiration, its easy to look down and depend on yourself with the momentum you have going. But when you are forced to look up, you are reminded that this is bigger than me and help is coming. Help is on the way! And that help comes from the Lord!
All we have to do is stay on the uphill course long enough for our help to come, and to do that, we need to be committed to a purpose. So it is my prayer that you don’t run on inspiration. Let me say this clearly, there’s nothing wrong with being inspired. Its great to be inspired by a motivational speaker. Its good to go to a concert and be inspired by the whole experience. Its okay to see someone else fulfill their dream and be inspired to accomplish your own; but when we use those moments as our only means of motivation, we are bound to fail. So stay committed to the purpose given to YOU and know that help is on the way. God bless.