The end of any undertaking must be as passionate as the start. This fuels consistency. It powers up sustenance in whatever undertaking. It is true in our spiritual walk as well. It is not only about how good we have started but also how well we ended.
Oftentimes, we start out in our faith with vibrancy and enthusiasm, but over time the passion ebbs. In the end, if we fail to be consistent in our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we would have a hard time staying in the path God laid out for us. We would have difficulty living in the will of God for us.
To finish well and to be counted faithful, we must practice consistency in our walk with God. It is not a matter of perfecting every religious requirement or counting sins we have committed, but it is a matter of standing firm in our obedience. We must persevere to obey even when we have some falls along the way. We must not get discouraged or lose focus of the eternal blessings God has for us through Jesus Christ. Keep walking and keep abiding in Christ. Be steadfast and immovable so that we could end this race in our physical life in joyful commendation from God.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
What do we need to do to remain consistent in our obedience to God? Obedience to God can be a habit. Once our mind and heart are accustomed to following the will of God as led by the Spirit of God, obeying God becomes our habit. At the start, when we are new in the faith, every act of obedience is like weight lifting, especially in the areas of our life where sin actively dwells. We needed to take urgent actions to live by faith and obey God even when our flesh cries out to do what it pleases. But, God in His rich mercy and grace, makes us overcomers. And when we continue to act out our faith in trust to God, we consistently obey God.
The Apostle Paul gave heartfelt and strong advises to the Christians in Colosse which he never met face to face yet heard of their faith in God. We could learn from this letter of Paul to Colosse on how to act out our faith consistently.
“As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving.”– Colossians 2:6-7 (WEB)
Receiving Christ the Lord is not the end of our journey. It is not a period after we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Like an athlete and soldier who needs to work responsibly of the job they have received, we too as Christians need to undertake actions to live responsibly.
- Walk in Christ Jesus. It would be futile to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior yet we fail to walk in Him. It nullifies our faith when our walk departs from His will for us. Jesus Christ says in His Word to follow Him and abide in Him. Our love for Him is shown when we obey His commandments. Obeying Him is what walking in Christ means.
- Let faith be established in Christ. Our faith should be established. Anything that is established is built with roots deeply firm and strong underneath. Look at a strong tree that weathers drastic seasons. It remains standing because it has grown with roots deeply embedded in the earth. When our faith is not rested in outward things or in our efforts and accomplishments but in Christ, we are built and rooted in Him. We grow stronger and firmer.
- Remember what you were taught in Christ. Always take note of the things we have learned from Christ. Whenever I reach the point when I don’t have an idea what I should do, I would remember what I read from His Word. Oftentimes, this is not of my own doing or because of my own righteousness. It is God who works in me through the gentle work of His Spirit. He always teaches me and brings His Word to remembrance. We must also make a conscious effort to remember His Word. Be mindful of what we read and what we learn from His Word.
- Abound in thanksgiving. How thankful are we every day? God teaches us in His Word to be thankful at all times. Here in Paul’s letter to the Christians in Colosse, he reminds them to abound in thanksgiving. We need to be full of thanksgiving. There should be a reason to thank God for every day. Christians who walk with God are grateful persons. They are thankful souls. They are joyful because they abound in thanksgiving.
Our faith in Jesus Christ is not mere feelings and knowledge. Our faith should be followed through witth deliberate and consistent obedience. It is never easy to obey consistently but it is always worth it to follow Christ.
If you are a Christian and you feel discouraged of your situation, I pray that you keep on obeying God. May you rise up and let your roots in Christ continue to grow deeply. Don’t be weary. And, when strength fails, remember that God is our strength. He shall help you overcome.
If you are a Christian whose fire does not wane out. Keep burning. Keep spreading the fire for God that others may be lit up. Keep walking consistently for your labor shall not be in vain. There is no small or huge act in God when we do it for the Lord and when we do it His way.