2 Peter 1:5-7
5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness...
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Matthew 24:13, Romans 12:2, 1 Corinthians 15:58, 2 Timothy 2:3-4
ADD STEADFASTNESS - CONSISTENCY
I was playing golf once with the a course professional that attends our church. As we played, I marveled at his ability to execute shots at such a high level. Everything I had ever seen tour professionals do on TV, he did that day. He was simply incredible. Around the 8th hole I remember being so awestruck by his play that I asked him the question "Why are you not on somebody's tour?" His answered left me puzzled. He said, "Lack of Consistency." When I asked him what he meant he explained to me how making it on a professional tour is more than a matter of being able to make all the necessary shots. He said the key is the ability to make all of the shots consistently.
Peter's admonishment to add steadfastness to your life offers you a similar challenge. It is the challenge not to become satisfied with seasons or moments of faith and obedience to God. It is a call for faith and obedience to become a lifestyle. Steadfastness is the additive to faith that transforms the average Christian life into the supernaturally blessed Christian life. Most people don't go to the level they aspire to in life because of inconsistency in their efforts. The majority of people desire to be blessed, yet very few have the consistency it takes to be blessed.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him,
for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists
and that he rewards those who diligently seek Him.
One of the greatest characteristics of true faith is the ability to be consistent in your pursuit of God. The heart of God has always been to reward those who chase Him with intentional consistency. Ultimately, consistency is the primary indicator of the value you place in God. Your consistency or lack thereof in your walk of faith identifies to God how much a relationship with Him means to you. It is your faithfulness that releases the rest of the LORD.
Now, please understand that steadfastness is not real until it has been tested. Just as gold is purified in fire, steadfastness is proven through times of adversity. Anyone can be consistent when there is nothing opposing them, but crowns are released when you maintain your consistency through difficulty. The goal of the believer is to endure hardship like a good soldier. When wounded, continue to fight. Hurting, remain obedient to your commander. True victory will only come to the one who endures to the end. Be consistent.
Have an Impactful Day!
What areas of your faith walk are God leading you to be more consistent in?
What plan do you have in place to be successful today?
LORD, I thank You for a made up mind to be faithful to you today in my walk of faith. I ask for your divine help not to compromise in both strength and struggle. I thank you that I am found faithful in the little, so that I can abound in much. In Jesus' Name. Amen.