THE POWER OF CONTINUITY AND CONSISTENCY I
Continuity breeds focus; the focus is a fundamental factor necessary for achieving success in any given task. Believers are admonished in scriptures to be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord so as to take delivery of the reward of their labor in the Lord. It is the consistency that facilitates steadfastness and reliability required in acceptable stewardship. The Bible says:
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – I Corinthians 15:58
It is impossible to be steadfast and unmovable without being consistent and subscribing fully to the demands of continuity. God is most reliable because God is consistent. Malachi 3:6. The more consistent we are as believers, the more reliable we become even to God; also, the more we subscribe to the demands of continuity the more consistent we become.
It is not enough to do one good thing in a long while and expect the flow of returns continuously. The continuous flow of output is a function of continuity of input; where the input stops are where the output terminates.
It is often said that it is only those that are in active service that are candidates for promotion and continuous rewards. Expecting promotion after retirement is mere self-deceit. In the same vein, expecting regular remuneration after retirement is nothing else other than self-deception. The best anyone can have after retirement from active service is a one-time compensation and probably pension which is nothing more than a stipend to keep the body and soul together may be until death. Man’s wellbeing requires more than one-time compensation and pension. Therefore, continuity and consistency is a must to retain the flow of rewards necessary for total wellbeing.
For instance, God will never be tired of rewarding if a man is not tired of working. Revelation 22:12. As long as we are laboring; we are bound to be rewarded. I Corinthians 3:6. If we stop laboring, we stop getting rewarded. If we stop working, things are bound to stop working. God believes in continuity, He is consistent and He expects believers to be consistent and “…always abounding in the work of the Lord…”
Spiritual vacation is a risk; spiritual leave is dangerous, spiritual retirement can only lead to spiritual cataclysm.
Scriptures for reading and meditation: Philippians 3:1-21
Jesus is LORD!