Any decent military operates like a well oiled machine. Orders are given, and they are followed. Disorder and disobedience are dealt with immediately and the punishment is usually severe. Over time, new cadets learn to follow orders without question. Throughout their training, they receive an order, and they follow it. They receive another order, and they follow it. When it comes time for battle, and their life is on the line, they continue to follow orders because it is what they were trained to do.
We are in the Lord’s military. We fell in rank when we received salvation. But when God gives an order to you, is it followed like it would be in the military? Too often, Christian discipline pales in comparison to discipline found in the average military.
God doesn’t always hand out immediate punishment for insubordination, but the punishment is still there. God wants us to discipline ourselves. Proverbs 16:3 gives us insight on how to do just that.
“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
You may be thinking, “What’s that supposed to mean?” Well, think of the military again. Military personnel follow small orders all the time to train themselves for the big orders that come later. It is easy to change your actions for a moment, but it can be harder to change how you think. If your thinking is incorrect, it’s hard to remember to keep it in check all the time. God tells us that if we will do right things for God, then our thoughts will eventually be focused on right.
So I challenge you, do the little things. Maybe you should practice diligence by organizing something or making a chore list. Work to overcome laziness by doing something productive at the start of your day. Do something nice for that person that annoys you the most, and watch your attitude change.
Sometimes changing our thoughts isn’t all that hard, it’s just simple training. Start now!