I call “life-change” a discipline because it is something that requires a conscious choice — a sustained effort. Some may call this “life application.” It’s simply the practice of responding to God’s voice speaking in our life — it’s our side of the equation in which we do our part to align our lives with the way of Jesus. The Holy Spirit doesn’t transform our lives like some Virus Scan software, clearing out the “bad stuff” while we spiritually snooze! No, Scripture makes it clear that we have a significant part to play in this miraculous journey of becoming more like Christ.
One writer calls this the “discipline of convict-ability.” As we practice the discipline of life-change, we choose to live in a way that openly invites God to challenge us — and then we seek to respond to that challenge through our determined efforts and reliance upon the Holy Spirit’s work.
This passage from James is the heart of the discipline of life-change. Chew on this passage today with a spirit of “convict-ability.”
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law,) the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:22-24)