The Power Of Spiritual Consistency
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord..” 1 Cor 15:58
It is pertinent for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that staying faithful in a faithless world is not a simple matter. The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. The important issue is not how we start but how we finish. When we believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, the Lord makes His residence in our hearts. The Lord doesn’t just patch us up with a spiritual bandage and send us on our way. Scripture tells us that we become a brand new creation.
Now, even though we are saved by the water and blood of Jesus, we may find that we continue to struggle in living out a Christian life focused on bringing glory to God. When we lead people in the way of discipleship one of the issues we must deal with is the boring nature of it all. I mean, there is only so many ways we can ‘spice up’ the habits that characterize consistent growth in Christ. There will be many days even elects won’t feel like reading the Bible, pray, serve or do any other practices of spiritual development. Consequently, we might be tempted to reframe or describe spiritual growth as some grand adventure completely free of drudgery. In the end , what we will find is that consistency wins over everything else time and time again.
In today’s message, I want to explore what it truly means to renew our minds by focusing on the Lord, challenging us to examine how our actions are influenced by our consistency.
- Consistency Emphasizes Faith Over Experience
What makes an elect get up and do the same thing day after day regardless of whether we feel like it or not? We could argue that it is simply being a creature of habit but we could also say that such action is driven forward by our righteousness of faith in the Gospel Truth. Elects do the same spiritual practices because we genuinely believe that the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection is the only way to be saved and to remain saved by grace through faith. Elects read the Bible because we believe it is the Word of God and pray because God hears us. The alternative to this kind of consistency is a life driven by experience. If that is the case, our spiritual development is likened to a yo-yo moving up and down with the flippancy of emotion.
- Consistency Causes Roots To Grow Deep
When elects opt for consistency over excitement, we will develop the kind of practices that will carry us through the seasons of spiritual dryness that all of us will encounter. In other words, our roots are grown deep. When elects integrate the same, repeated practices into our lives, day after day, we will find that eventually when we don’t feel anything, when we are suffering, when we simply cannot pray anymore, we will find our roots will have extended well past the shallows to see us through.
- Consistency Works Into Other Areas Of Life
One of the side benefits of this kind of spiritual discipline is that it will work into other areas of life as well. Elects will find, I believe that not only we will be disciplined ‘spiritually’ but physically, emotionally and mentally. Then again, that is why ‘spiritually’ is in quotes because I seem to remember Jesus say that we should love God not only spiritually but with every part of ourselves.
Dear friends, time is our powerful ally. One drop of water at a time and slowly, the landscape changes.
A consistent spiritual life will lead us to attain the fullness of Christ according to the perfect will of God.