We are in a day when people demand that things must be constantly changing. People get bored. If I ever said that, my dad corrected my boredom. Can anyone relate? People get bored with their spouses and move on to someone else. They get bored with their jobs, so they get a new one every few months. This demand for constant change has taught a lack of perseverance and discipline. When the rough gets tough (and tough is that they just don’t want to do it anymore), the tough get going (goodbye).
I see this in church life now. I like to mix things up. Don’t get me wrong. I like to bring in guest preachers and worship leaders so I (and those who attend) can be refreshed (which I have been working on this week). I like to do some different things in our services to break predictability, so I’m not saying that consistency means doing the same methods and activities all the time. Consistency is a mindset and a work ethic.
Anything that is done well takes work. A successful business takes someone who will stick with it when things look like they will fall apart. A good marriage takes lots of work. Consistently discipline your children so they don’t grow up to be entitled brats. Consistently back up your love to your spouse with action so there is no question of your love. Consistently eat right and exercise so your body doesn’t fall apart. Consistently pray and study Scripture so you will not be spiritually anemic. Do you see the power of consistency? Building the muscles of life.
Paul told the Corinthians in I Corinthians 15:58 in the Amplified Bible, “Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].” You may be young and trying to build a résumé, but others will eventually look at you as inconsistent and a quitter. Be a man or woman of character and fight through. God will bless your consistency, and you will be highly respected because you stick with things even when all hell breaks loose. Want consistent results? Then put forth consistent effort.