Mr. Consistency

Elwin Ahu

"Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy." (Rev. 22:11)
When all is said and done, when the last bell rings, when the final gun sounds, John reveals exactly what the Lord will be looking for. It definitely won't be our good looks, or the accumulated earthly possessions; nor will it be the cathedrals created, or the "holiness" of our speech and demeanor. When our time is up, what counts in His book is simply one thing: "consistency." For those who called themselves righteous, did they put into practice what they preached? For those who were considered holy, how well were they able to resist the distractions, the influences and temptations of life and keep themselves focused on living consistently with what they valued most?

It was a similar message delivered to the church in Laodicea, "that you are neither cold nor hot; . . . So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth." (Rev. 3:15-16). It's clear what pleases the Father's palate, and it's not those who live a wishy-washy, "on" again, "off" again lifestyle, especially as non-committed "maybe, might be, could be" Christians, but, instead, Christians who will let their "yes" be a yes, and a "no" be a no.
As I stand on the threshold of a brand new year, it's as if the Lord is giving me yet another chance to get it right this year, to live a consistent lifestyle; to move beyond just having good intentions and actually carry out the ways of God . Sure, there are always excuses, always reasons why I've failed, just another justification for falling on the wrong side of the line. But, if I am to come out of this next year a winner with Jesus, it's not the three point shot at the buzzer that will win the game, or the last second field goal. What "scores" with God is the consistency with which I choose to live my life. And it's a choice that only I can make; there's no one else to blame but me if I fall short. How my actions, my decisions, words that I express, feelings and emotions that are seemingly hidden from the rest of the world, whether they align with my love for my God is a choice that I must keep at the forefront of my mind. Consistency is what winners are made of; it's what God is looking for.

So, when all is said and done, and the eyes of the Lord searches the earth to and fro, looking for those whose hearts are completely His, may His eyes find favor in me through the consistency of my lifestyle with His word.
Father, may it be so in this new year ahead!!

Devotions for December 31

Revelation 19,20,21,22

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