The mower had been broken and would not run. The wife kept hinting to her husband that he should get it fixed, but somehow, the message never sank in. Finally, she thought of a clever way to make her point. When her husband arrived home one day, he found her in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. He watched her silently for a short time and then went into the house. When he came back minutes later, he handed her a toothbrush and said, “When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the sidewalks. He’ll walk again, but he’ll always have a limp.” At least he was consistent!
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9
We serve a faithful God! He is consistent in His love, grace, and provision! His faithfulness often presents such a contrast with unfaithfulness. His consistency is such a contrast to our inconsistency. Our inconsistency has wider effects than we might realize because we don’t stand alone as a believer. We are part of the Body of Christ. When part of our body is sick or asleep, we tend to slow down and even lose our balance. Don’t you hate when your foot goes to sleep? It kind of slows you down! Our walk with Christ is the most important thing in the world; it’s not just relevant today, but it touches eternity. As you look at Sunday School numbers and financial giving, you see a lot of inconsistency. I know, that’s part of busy living today, but how we use our time and money reflects what we value, our priorities, not to mention what our life is saying to the generations who are watching us.
In recent days, I have been so blessed to see the Body of Christ come together and share with those in need. We are part of something larger than ourselves. By ourselves, we might do something, but together with God’s leadership and power, He can do all things through us! Our North American Missionaries receive most of their funds through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, of which we have not received half of what we believe God wants our church to contribute. By giving to this offering, we become part of something much, much greater than what we can do alone. Pray about what God would have you give. If you’ve not been consistent in Bible Study and worship, come back and see what God is doing and find your place of service. If you’ve been selfish with your time or money, get that right so that you can experience the joy that comes with God’s purpose being fulfilled in your life.