Spiritual Disciplines are part of the discipleship process. Life requires disciplines that adhere to the growth, structure and maturity of an individual. Spirituality requires meditation and time. According to Vos (2012) The spiritual disciplines deserve a place of prime importance in training and practice in daily life. The article mentions about the various types of spiritual disciplines that should be practiced in order for personal growth and influence. These Spiritual transformation can be done through solitude, silence, meditation, fasting, celebration and confession. All of which require discipline through training oneself and being equipped as soldiers. Spiritual discipline influences personal Growth to build great characters which reflect in one's daily interactions. In order to teach, one must be taught and without the process of growth in one's life, no other lives can be touched or inspired. It takes a willing heart and a willing sacrifice. Spiritual discipline calls for change, transformation and hope as it is the constant need for growth in human beings.
To the world at large, in context of Christian community, "Jesus called us not to do what he did, but to be as he was, he was permeated with love" (Vos, 2012). Spiritual Discipline influences personal growth not just in the doing rather in the making. Any given spirituality whether that is Christian, Muslim, or Hindu; to do part take time and patience but the value in doing is to become. According to Willard, "spiritual disciplines as tried and true activiites undertaken in order to give our spirits more control over our bodies, by moulding and shaping our embodied selves" (Vos, 2012). Further, the world at large views spirituality as a sacred form of worship that indwells within a being. Once it takes form, it transforms.
Spiritual disciplines are taken lightly in our world today. The depth by which an inner man is transformed through one's spirit is reflected in the outer man. Much of the disciplines done is to empower us or destroy us. Disciplines are meant to shape us, mend us, transform us and form us; however, spiritual discipline does all that and more. It influences, impacts and purifies us to become who God intended us to be. All the more, personal growth is an individualistic goal. I believe spiritual discipline requires supernatural source or power to bring us under the umbrella of grace that transforms our mind, body and spirit. Only God has the ability to change our hearts.
Vos, B. (2012). The Spiritual Disciplines and Christian Ministry. Evangelical Review Of Theology,36(2), 100-114.