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In Spiritual Matters, It’s Doubly So

March 14, 2011

Pastor R. Kent Hughes makes the case that discipline is so critical to a worthy walk with Christ. First he does so with examples from the natural realm, such as this one:

Jascha Heifitz, the greatest violinist of the 20th century, began playing the violin at the age of three and early began to practice four hours a day until his death at age seventy-five – when he had long been the greatest in the world – some 102,000 hours of practice. He no doubt gave his own “Hear, hear!” to Paderewski’s response to a woman’s fawning remarks about his genius: “Madame, before I was a genius, I was a drudge.”

Hughes then applies the logic to the spiritual realm:

We will never get anywhere in life without discipline, be it in the arts, business, athletics, or academics. This is doubly so in spiritual matters. In other areas we may be able to claim some innate advantage. An athlete may be born with a strong body, a musician with perfect pitch, or an artist with an eye for perspective. But none of us can claim an innate spiritual advantage. In reality, we are all equally disadvantaged. None of us naturally seeks after God, none is inherently righteous, none instinctively does good (cf. Romans 3:9-18). Therefore, as children of grace, our spiritual discipline is everything -everthing!

I repeat . . . discipline is everything!

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