"Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all" (1 Timothy 4:15)
Let me observe that some Christians think they can be disciples of Christ without ever a thought about the necessity of self-discipline and genuine commitment to Him. We must face the fact that many today are notoriously careless in their living. This attitude finds its way into the church. We have liberty, we have money, we live in comparative luxury. As a result, discipline practically has disappeared.
What would a violin solo sound like of the strings on the musician's instrument were all hanging loose, not stretched tight, not "disciplined"? Being an artist, the musician would not attempt to being sound from that violin until each string had been tuned and tested and all was in perfect harmony.
In things that matter with God - important things - we need to be disciplined, pulled together, attuned to the Spirit until we are in harmony with all of God's planning for us.
The Spirit of Life dwells and fills men, permeates their being, sanctifies their nature, quickens their powers, vitalizes their mortal bodies and radiates their life. Pentecost turned anemic believers into exuberant saints.
~A. W. Tozer~