THE POWER OF CONTINUITY AND CONSISTENCY IV
“Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” – Luke 22:28-30
According to Jesus, it takes continuity and consistency to end up being enthroned. It is good to start well but it is better to end well. No matter how wonderful the beginning looks like, the story is not complete until the picture of the end appears. If the picture of the end is greater than the beginning, then, it is indeed a wonderful story.
For instance, King Solomon started so well; God chose him to be king after his father – David, he demonstrated his love for God in a strange and unprecedented way. The Bible says:
“And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.” – Kings 3:3-5
God was moved to appear to him in a dream by night and gave him a blank check. King Solomon still demonstrated his love for God and his kingdom by asking for what would benefit the people of God though he had the opportunity to ask for personal things. God responded by giving him more than he asked for. I Kings 3:6-13. What a great and wonderful way to start. However, God made a statement in the following verse to show that He (God) demanded and required continuity and consistency to keep the flow of the blessing. He said:
“And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.” – I Kings 3:14
The reverse was the case. King Solomon started by loving God but ended by loving strange women. He started by building a temple for God but ended by building shrines for various idols. King Solomon’s strange women turned his heart after strange gods. I Kings 11:1, 4-8. He started by pleasing God but ended by doing that which was evil before God and displeased Him. King Solomon was a victim of a lack of continuity and consistency. The story of King Solomon was very sweet in the beginning but became the opposite in the end.
It is important that God ordained believers to start well and finish great and strong. The Bible says:
“Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.” – Job 8:7
It is equally important for believers to subscribe fully to the demands of continuity and consistency in order to see the “…latter end…greatly increase”.
Scriptures for reading and meditation: I Kings 3:1-14; I Kings 11:1-40
Jesus is LORD!