“I only met one consistent Christian.”
Those are the words of an agnostic one of my student’s recently interviewed.
Charles Spurgeon wrote,
“Nothing has injured the cause of Christ more than the inconsistencies of His avowed friends.”
Today finds us celebrating another Lord’s Day–a day set apart for physical rest and spiritual refreshment. My hope is that the end result will be me becoming a more God-glorifying, people-blessing individual. In other words, I have a passion to grow in my consistency.
The Apostle Paul penned the following:
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained” (Phil. 3:14-16).
What did Paul desire to do? Press on. What did he want the believers in Philippi to do? Press on. If nothing else, however, professing Christians should “live by that same standard to which we have attained.” The Message renders that in these words:
“Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.”
That’s my plan this week–to stay on the right track! This past week Jodi and I have been meditating upon the New Testament book of Jude. It was written to exhort the believers to contend earnestly for the faith–for their faith (Jude 1:3). They were to continue to believe the truth, build themselves up in the truth, and pray (Jude 1:17, 20). If they would do so, their lives would more and more conform to the image of Christ.
Isn’t that the hope of all Christians?
On an exam, my students were required to complete this statement: “Devotion to Christ leads to…
The answer is: “Christ-likeness.”
It is discouraging to hear an agnostic state that he has only met one consistent Christian. I wonder what he would think of me. What would be his evaluation of Jodi? I can tell you what Jodi and I would want him to say!
May God continue that good work He has begun in us (Phil. 1:16) as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil.2:12). May this last week of October find us pressing on as we live up to the truth we have been taught. May the last two months of the year see us believing truth, building ourselves up in the truth, and praying. May our devotion to Christ lead to Christ-likeness.
Would you consider these to be priorities as well? If so, what’s your plan? How will you flesh these activities out in your life?
(The Saint and His Saviour: The work of the Spirit in the life of the Christian, Christian Focus Publications, 2005, p.186).