May 6, 2013
The questions are different, but the answer to each one of these questions is the same.
What will guard us against foolish extremes?
What characterizes those who are habitually successful in sports or sales or some skill?
What single quality in a business builds respect deeper than any other?
What allows students to perform and understand the teachers’ expectations?
What brings security in relationships?
What makes us choose a particular brand name over all others?
What is needed most by parents in the home?
What will add more weight to your witness for Christ than anything else?
CONSISTENCY. That is the answer to all these questions. Consistency means steadiness and reliability. You can count on it, or on them. Consistency is not opposed to change or reason, but is trustworthy. When one faces a time of change, we must remain consistent in our values and principles. Our mission will not change, but, our methods and thinking must. I believe we must be consistent just as the Apostle Paul challenges in his epistles, “…be ready in season and out of season…” (2 Tim. 4:2) “… let us not lose heart. . . for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary” (Gal. 6:9). Paul held Abraham up for example to the Romans when he wrote that “… he did not waver….” (Rom. 4:20) We are to continue in our daily lives to be consistent, unwavering, working with a greater mission in mind. I believe that we must dedicate ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord and also work as never before. We must not only work, but also work with consistency! The process of transformation begins in my life and yours and requires consistency. I need to be on my knees every morning asking God for wisdom. We should consistently offer the Lord our heart, mind, and soul and strength.
“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Tim 4:15-16
Action: Ask God to search your heart and life and show you personally “where do I need better consistency?” Family time, time in the Word, or prayer time – consistency is a battle worth winning!