For a time, I received periodic phone calls from the health-coaching program offered by my insurance provider. The cheerful people on the other end of the line were nutrition and exercise professionals who offered information and encouragement to help me stay healthy. As one call concluded, the coach that day asked if I had any questions. I replied, “No. I know what to do. I just have to do it.”
That is as true for my life of discipleship as it is for my health. I know what I am supposed to do to grow spiritually, but without encouragement and accountability, I struggle.
John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, succinctly described the plan of discipleship in what he called "The General Rules." As Christians, we are to (1) do no harm by avoiding evil of every kind; (2) do good to all people; and (3) attend upon all the ordinances of God like participating in worship, taking communion, reading the Bible, praying, and more.
Unfortunately, knowing that does not always translate into living it.
The Apostle Paul understood the struggle. In Romans 7:15 he wrote, “I don’t know what I’m doing, because I don’t do what I want to do. Instead, I do the thing that I hate” (CEB). I get that! So did John Wesley.
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