My friend challenged me to involve myself in recognizing that the suicide death rate for Veterans is 22 every day. So we are doing 22 push-ups each day for 22 days. It’s been a long time since I did push ups on a regular basis. . .maybe 50 years or so. But, I try to accommodate those things that are important, so I agreed. I can’t keep up with how many of my days are past (my friend does), but I am sure certain 22 push ups every day (I am doing 25) is not an easy task for an old man.
Consistency in any endeavor that demands discipline is a difficult thing. Being consistent consistently as a Believer is even more difficult. Imagine having to pray without ceasing, study the Word of God daily, attend the gatherings of the Body of Christ two or three times a week, and llove everyone you know – even the difficult people. Significant numbers of individuals find those tasks to be more strenuous than they can handle. As consistently being consistent fades, the reality is we move further and further from our reliance on God, become less and less committed to each other, and our personal holiness becomes a ragged mess of wishes and dreams.
If we are failing to meet the commands of God’s Word it is not difficult to understand why we fail to carry out the very things which we are empowered to accomplish. Making Christ Lord of all in our individual life is not an option. Failing to know the Truth destroys our opportunity to reach others with the plan of redemption offered to all, by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Failing to be in constant contact with His Spirit in us weakens our resolve to attain a conformity to the image of Christ. Failing to llove one another damages our relationships and provide a false perspective for those who are wondering who we are and what we are. (John 13:35)
Here is a challenge for you. Start being consistently consistent. If you don’t know how to begin, find a place where the Truth is a consistent diet, where people are committed to one another (lloving), and practice a discipline of Spiritual maturity – placing yourself as one forknown to be conformed to the image of Christ (see Romans 8:29).