Spiritual Consistency is Worth the Cost

Spiritual Consistency is Worth the Cost

 by Wayne Stiles
Early one morning I hopped in my car and inserted the key in the ignition. When I cranked it—I kid you not—the car made the sound: “Ugh.”So I figured it was just the weather, and I pulled out the jumper cables. But two days later, the car sang the second verse of the same song: “Ugghhh.”vivozoom 42581982 w 2 Spiritual Consistency is Worth the Cost

(Photo: by Monkey Business Images via Vivozoom )

Later that day, my auto mechanic gave a simple diagnosis: I needed a new battery.

Now, I could have said: “Hey, you know, a car starting every other day isn’t so bad. It sure beats walking. I guess I don’t need a battery.”

Guess again. I bought a battery—a big one. If my vehicle runs inconsistently, it’s of little value to me. At the same time, keeping the car running reliably comes down to one thing: it costs me.

The same is true of our spiritual lives.

When Spiritual Consistency Lacks

Confessing we are Christians, but living without spiritual consistency, is like a car that starts every other day. What good is that?

The Bible asks the same question of us:

What good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”—James 2:15-17

In terms of practical benefit in this life, a “dead” faith is one that is “useless” and “worthless” (James 1:2026). We may never say it, but often we live with the credo: “I’ll trust Jesus for my eternal life, but my daily life is my business.” The Bible says that such a faith, while perhaps a true one, is “useless” and “worthless” (James 1:20,26).

  • Believing the truth will save us from hellbelieving the truth won’t save us from the pain of choosing to disobey (Romans 6:15-16).
  • The world tolerates a non-Christian who lives immorally. In fact, our culture applauds it. But when a priest, or a pastor, or any Evangelical Christian (their new favorite target), fails to live with spiritual consistency, the world has a problem. Jesus did too.
  • Jesus saved His most scathing rebukes not for prostitutes and thieves, but for the religious leaders who held up a standard they failed to follow.

The Benefit of Spiritual Consistency

On the other hand, spiritual consistency has a HUGE benefit. When we demonstrate our faith in good works, the world takes notice and God is glorified:

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” —Matthew 5:16

Ironic, isn’t it? Good works have nothing to do with becoming a Christian, but good works have everything to do with living like one. God has even prepared in advance good works for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10).

What Spiritual Consistency Costs Us

It is expected of us when we say, “I’m a Christian,” that we model it consistently before others.

But spiritual consistency costs. In regard to my car, it cost me a battery. In regard to our faith, the costs are pricier:

These costs are huge investments, to be sure. But spiritual consistency is worth the cost.

Daily faith does us no good just sitting in the driveway. It must run.

Question: What other “costs” do you spend for the sake of spiritual consistency

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3 Responses to Spiritual Consistency is Worth the Cost

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    consistency, consistency, thou art a jewel! Lord bless.

  2. Your points cover a lot of territory, especially the third one: “the daily sacrificing of our own wills”. Yes, we do sacrifice our own wills, and at the time it might SEEM like a sacrifice, but it brings such joy and satisfaction that we could hartdly call it s sacrifice.

    I like Spurgeon’s quote. I believe he was talking about money at the time, but it holds true about anything. He said “It is impossible to outgive God, because God always uses a bigger shovel”

    We serve an amazing God!

  3. Lyn Leahz says:

    It is amazing how automobiles and auto care can relate so much to our walk with God! Remember my past article where I used automobiles to relate a message? LOL!!! Great article!

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