Consistent Consistency

Consistent Consistency -  Lisa U Maki

It is easier to volunteer to do something than to sustain it; easier to start something than to finish it; and easier to commit to something than maintain it. Sustaining, finishing, and maintaining is what consistency is all about. And doing this consistently is what consistent consistency is all about.
People succeed not because they started good but because they finished what they started. People win the trust of others not because they were trustworthy in the beginning but because they have proven their trustworthiness over time. People lose weight not because they have a good exercise and diet but have remained consistent in it. In short, goals are reached and achieved as a result of being consistent.
Consistency means walking your talk. This further means that you practice what you preach, and that you mean what you say. Consistency is staying committed to what you have committed to. It means you are able to establish a pattern that is stable. This is known as having a good track record.
A consistent person understands the value of commitment and responsibility. She has a word of honor and values trust and respect. She is not easily swayed but remains fixed on her goals.
One area in every Christian's life that should be consistent is her walk with God. This is my greatest indicator if a Christian is serious about her walk or not. There is no half-hearted Christian for me. Either you are saved or you are not. Revelations 3:15-16 says: I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth! There is no place for lukewarm Christians in the Kingdom of God.
A consistent Christian reflects a steady walk with the Lord. This doesn't mean that she is perfect because nobody is. This doesn't mean that she doesn't fall or stumble because everybody does. It means that she remains committed to Jesus and His call regardless of what she goes through. Sad to say, I've met some Christians who are so consistent in backsliding. I've heard some say, "I just got back from backsliding"... and they've said it a hundred times. Then there are those who are on fire today and tomorrow it's gone. This is exactly how God described our unfaithfulness to Him in Jeremiah 2:23-24.
How can you say, I am not defiled; I have not gone after the Baals [other gods]? Look at your way in the valley; know what you have done. You are a restive young female camel [in the uncontrollable violence of her brute passion eagerly] running hither and thither,
Or [you have the untamed and reckless nature of] a wild donkey used to the desert, in her heat sniffing the wind [for the scent of a male]. In her mating season who can restrain her? No males seeking her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her [seeking them].
If I am a lost person and you as a Christian are trying to reach out to me for Jesus, your lifestyle will speak to me more than your words. If you are all talk, then you won't win me. If one day you are about Jesus and the next day you are not, you won't have credibility with me. If I can't rely on you, then how can I rely on what you say about God?
I challenge you, all those who claim to be children of God... those who claim to be believers and followers of Jesus Christ. Let us be consistent in every area of our lives. As I've heard one preacher say, "The best form of evangelism is lifestyle evangelism". The whole world is watching us.
Lisa Maki is the founder of God'z Gurlz, a Bible-based online magazine for women whose mission is to is to provide a place where women can learn to manage their emotions, experience healing, receive love and acceptance, be free to be who God made them to be, and be the best they can be in their homes, schools, professions, relationships, and calling, through sharing of insights and experiences, counseling, prayer, and devotionals, thereby learning from and supporting each other.  For more of Lisa's articles, visit Article Source:  Article Source: