The Spirit of the Disciplines

Today, I began reading a new book written by Dallas Willard… In just the first chapter I saw so much that I thought it would be good to share some of it!
Chapter 1 was titled “The secret to the Easy Yoke”

He quoted the text from which he would build his  context in this chapter,

Matthew 11:29-30 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest unto your souls.For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

I have totally come past KJV, meaning I love all the different new translations but I always love and appreciate when people quote from it since that is so rare in our time now!

He quotes the text “His commandments are not burdensome” 1 Jn 5:3

I love the fact that this whole book is based on the bible so that you and I can have a better understanding of what it really means to walk with Jesus.. you see it’s not walking down the church aisle and receiving the Right hand of Fellowship and getting a certificate of membership. It’s much more than that.. The life you sign up for with Christ is so much more fulfilling than a one day event! I agree with the author’s  statement “Christianity has not so much been tried and found wanting, as it has been found difficult and untried”  Who are we kidding, lots of people in our society are turning to Christ, but we have far more turning to Crack. How do we change that??

Because we can have a drug addict walk down the aisle  this Sunday and accept Christ and Monday morning they could be back in the crack house because let’s be realistic Jehovah’s witness are more intentional about discipleship than we are in the evangelical christian church and we were called to teach others what the word of God says.. Whoever goes after that new believer when they first come into the church to teach them what the bible really says so they are not deceived by the enemy, whoever  holds them accountable.. and who loves them even when they stumble in the beginning!

No, it is indeed proven to be harder for the transgressor than it is for the righteous and although we may think it’s too hard to be a christian, it is much harder to maintain a life without Christ in it!

Let’s use the example from this chapter when the author speaks of a teenager who decides on an idol..a baseball player who is an MVP… That teen can go out and buy the baseball players type of hat and his type of tennis shoe… But in the end even though they try to play like that person..without the dedication and the commitment to the game there will be no level of perfection obtained.

When we come to Christ, our greatest desire ought to be to imitate Him, and we cannot just imitate Him in one major event when we are on the spotlight. Imitating Christ must come natural, it must be a way of life. The player performs well because of one reason, he made some changes outside that field that made performing well possible. So if players must practice to perform well, and we must study to do well in school.. we will not have to be ready when it comes to spiritual things.

The answer is that the disciplines are not hard, when we desire so much to be like Christ.. When our hearts desire changes to line up with His we will find that life will be easier because He is living it through us.

It’s time our society stopped being fans of Christ, just because I follow you on twitter and know your itinerary doesn’t mean I know you!


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