The Bible also says in Luke 2:52 that “Jesus grew in favor with God and man “. That’s relationally and that’s also spiritually. We’re to grow spiritually. That’s the most important area of discipline. We need to be right with God.. .spending time in God’s Word, that’s the food for us. Spending time in prayer and deciding in advance that we’re going to make church a top priority. Don’t wake up and think, “Oh, it’s 8 o’clock, I think I’ll go to the Fellowship of Las Colinas today”. Make the decision in advance because if you stay away from church, if you lack discipline in this area, you’ll begin to fall and you’ll begin to hear this sound. You know what that is?
The decay of discipline. And I’ve seen people, they’re disciplined in the Lord, they’re disciplined in Bible Study, disciplined in worship and all of a sudden God begins to bless them, they buy the boat, they get the lake house and all of a sudden they kind of forget God and go way over here and slowly the discipline begins to erode, it begins to fade, it begins to decay and they wake up one day and they think, “Where is it? What’s happened to my life?” Discipline. There’s one man that exemplifies discipline better than anyone. His name is Jesus. Jesus, you’re talking about delayed gratification, He was in the Garden of Gethsemane and He said, “Father, if it’s your will, may this cup pass from me.
If it’s your will Father, I don’t want to endure the cross”, but the Father said, “Yes”. He had the discipline because Jesus knew the principle of delayed gratification so He died on the cross for all of our sins. He was suspended between heaven and earth, flesh was tearing, people were spitting upon Him, they were stabbing Him, joking Him, mocking Him, blaspheming the name of the Lord, but Jesus endured that, He endured that delayed gratification because He knew what we would have the opportunity to receive and that’s eternal life. That’s eternal life.