Daily D – Colossians 2:20-23

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Colossians 2:20-23  You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires. (NLT)

Do you require more self-discipline or less arrogance? I ask because it seems like the Uber-productive and powerful personas on social media look down on everyone else. They are the bootstrappers. They rise earlier than you, work harder than you, make more money than you, rule more turf than you, and employee more people than you. They are all about MORE. 

To become like them requires elite-level self-discipline. You will rise well before dawn. You will eat a curious diet. You will exercise like a bodybuilder. You will dominate work. You will push your way through anything and master everything. 

Or, you could have more friends.

Sparta won more battles. Athens had more fun. 

Self-discipline in service to Jesus amplifies our effectiveness. 

Self-discipline in service to self amplifies our conceit.

Conceit is not a virtue. Hubris doesn’t die on crosses. Swagger will not follow. 

Humility focuses our attention on what is best for others. It leads to a less bossy life. It spends more time serving which leaves less time for pontification. Pride declares; humility sets an example. 

When we use our self-discipline in service to others as Jesus did, people will be happy to see us wherever we go, everyone except those do-it-themselfers who don’t need anybody for anything but admiration. 

If this world is all about me, it is a small world after all. It is a cruel place for everyone else. 

When we use our self-discipline to live like Jesus, we will bring healing and hope, light and life to benefit anyone and everyone except for those who refuse to receive it.

I will use my self-discipline to serve others rather than live a self-centered life. 

Our Father, bless me with an ever-greater measure of self-discipline so that I may use the strength you give me to live a life that empowers others. Amen.


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