09 April 2008

Change is Constant, Consistency is Critical

I recently received an email at work with the subject line, “Change is Constant, Consistency is Critical.” After reading about some changes in the company and the need for all employees to be consistent in their duties I started thinking that this is just the same for the Christian. Change is part of life as nothing stays the same and the trials in life are a part of change. We go from one trial to another, they may vary in degree of difficulty but there is always some kind of trial - they are constant. Consistency on our part is critical. Praying, reading and meditating on the Word, church attendance and fellowship are duties, if you like, that keep us consistent in our walk and in obedience. But when I think of consistency I think of the Lord’s faithfulness to us. We are so blessed to serve our Lord who remains faithful when we are so unfaithful. Moreover, He loves us no matter what we do. We must remember that we cannot earn His love (shown through His faithfulness). Even at our very best we’re still filthy rags (Is. 64:6). We must be on guard not to fall into some type of merit theology where “if I only do this then God will bless me in this way.” Legalism is a natural tendency in all of us yet it gets us nowhere except deeper into sin. God is consistent every day, every hour, and every moment. Let’s rejoice in that fact and bless the Lord for his faithfulness to us.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

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