I suspect that many of you who have had the opportunity to participate in the monthly classes on personal growth, have glanced ahead to see what the next topic is going to be. It is called, The Law of Consistency, along with, The Law of Environment. Although I have not been directly involved with the class upstairs (watching children downstairs), I have been working through the material: and it is challenging me in numerous ways. One of those areas is that of having a level of consistency in my life where change is needed. Consistency is defined as steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc. It is this subject I wish to consider today.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded
by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay
aside every weight, and the sin which so easily
ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the
race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus…
In an email I sent out this past week, I shared this quote, “Consistency is the most overrated of all human virtues…I’m someone who changes his mind all the time.” Oddly enough, this person is expressing a level of consistency: only that it is chaotic. Intentionality seeks to take life out of the realm of chaos and into a thought-out plan to grow in an area. As I gave this some thought, the above text came to mind. Step one, so to speak, is to recognize those things which hinder your forward progress. What is the “weight” or “sin” that seeks to derail your efforts to grow in Christ? That is a challenging and sobering question. It was the hardest thing for me to grasp concerning my present journey. “Who was on the throne of my heart?” I had to ask. Then, the next step is that of endurance; that is, sticking to the plan. Here is where a new level of consistency comes into play. Over the years, I have “consistently” de-railed my forward progress by getting ensnared in those things that hinder me from achieving a goal. I simply would give up. Endurance is so important! The question is, where can we find it? Well, in our Christian walk, there is no better place than Jesus, for He is the “author and finisher of our faith” (v2). He has been there and done that, so to speak, “enduring the cross, despising the shame” until He completed His task, sitting “down at the right hand of the throne of God” (v2). Along with Him, we have that “so great a cloud of witnesses” (v1) that have gone on before us, achieving their goal of a faith-driven life.
Since I have been working through this study, I have come to realize in my life that this idea of consistency is the very place where many, if not most, of my failures can be linked to. I want this to change so I can be more effective and productive in my walk with Christ. I want this to change because my transformation into Christ likeness depends on it. How about you? Are you consistently inconsistent in certain areas of your life…your walk with Christ? Let’s renew our commitment to look unto Jesus to guide us homeward.