The Mark Of An Elect
“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days..” Dan 6:10
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that consistency is an essential mark of an elect. In this message, the person of interest is Daniel, the OT prophet. When studying Daniel’s life, we can find the consistency in everything he did. Spiritual consistency is defined as holding together, firm or coherent. When I think of consistency, I think about words like practice, continuing, perseverance, determination and faithfulness.
Daniel is known in the Scripture to be one who was obedient, faithful, diligent, dependable, endowed with a good spirit, a man of prayer and a man who was a diplomat. Our text shows what Daniel did when crisis came.
Consistency is an earmark of an elect.
There are three things I want as elects in NCCkl to consider about the subject of consistency.
- Elect Need To Accept Absoluteness For Consistency
Consider the world’s insatiable appetite for consistency. How important consistency is for athletes, employers, employees, military personnel and doctors to meet their expectation. Consider the Bible’s admonition for consistency. 2 Pet 3:18; 1 Tim 4:12-16; 2 Tim 4:18; Acts 14:22 & Acts 18:11. Elects ought to see how the world demands consistency and how the Bible declares that we as elects should be consistent and continue in our divine call. The plain fact of the matter is that like Daniel, we are consistent in the things that we think is important. For example, if we think it is important to read the Word, then we will consistently read it, etc.
- Elect Need To Know The Necessity For Consistency
It is an undeniable fact that life or death can depend upon one being consistent. Consistency could be the very trait that enables us to make it through our dark valley. It certainly drove Daniel to his knees when crisis came. Daniel benefited tremendously from his previous consistent walk. Consistency itself can be a friend that encourages us to press on and stay true to our commitments.
- Elect Need To Develop An Appetite For Consistency
Looking into the life of Daniel, a sanctified, God honoring walk with our Heavenly Father does not come about by chance, luck, good intention or osmosis. In fact, it does come about by an appetite that has been cultivated over a period of time. Elects must acquire a standard, a disciplined mind set and a consecrated desire for consistency. The appetite should not be feasting on a self promoting and pharisaical motive. No, the elects at NCCkl should aspire to consistently possess right motives in all they do for God’s glory. This attitude ought to be maintained at all times to fulfill our walk and service unto God.
Dear friends, as elects, can we characterize our life as consistent? Our prayer time, bible time, giving, witnessing, godly attitude, walk etc.