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Consistency -- Thou Art a Gem

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on June 11, 2022

Do you desire to be a consistent, shining example as a light reflecting the glorious presence of our Lord? May your answer be a most definite YES, and the Word of God is the very directive of which shows us the way to REFLECT HIS WAY. Jesus did say, “I am the way, the truth and the LIFE” (John 14:6). The beauty of the Christian life is to be in his way and in his truth for you to be also IN HIS LIFE, which is “Christ in you” (Colossians 1:27). The Apostle Paul tells us in that very same verse that “God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery” which is the GLORIOUS life of Christ ALIVE in the believer, “Christ in you.” There are so many WAYS concocted in the heart of the unsaved and carnal man, but the Word of God together with the power of the Spirit of our LIVING GOD gives answer to the “not so glorious” life with trouble brewing in hearts estranged from our LORD. You see, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Want the best of the best (LIFE), to avoid the worst of the worst (DEATH)? Your life lived in the power and life-giving essence of HIS HOLY SPIRIT is the answer. Here’s why …

The Roman letter tells us “for to be carnally minded is death, and to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (8:6). You see, a life IN Christ receives all that the life OF Christ offers. Whereas, without the Lord being IN you showing his way TO you “there is a way which seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death” (that wisdom of God is given twice: Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25). So, what will it be for you, life or death? Just say “NO” to the latter, because death creeping into the heart of man has no beauty, no glitter, and no shine; it fails the reflective, gem quality of “the way, the truth and the life.” Whereas, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2). You see, we need HIS WAY, because “death worketh in us, but life in you” (1 Corinthians 4:12). So, choose the GEM OF LIFE! The great way to get out of the death way, is to be in the LIFE WAY - TODAY! Want to be a constant shining example of “Christ in you” - the MYSTERY revealed (Colossians 1:27)? As you abide in him, and he in you (John 15:4), HE is the answer to the steadfastness of your faith: “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). You see, consistency of the Christian life, living for HIM, is Jesus living in YOU. Only HE can live the Christ-life - IN YOU; YOU CANNOT, and that’s the “mystery” of the gospel of grace (“Christ in you - Colossians 1:27). And only HE can form the gem of consistency, because HIS LIFE grants the constancy of spiritual life today and every day. The gem of consistency is yours as YOU ARE HIS, and HE IS MINE (Song of Solomon 6:3). Oh, be HIS: “And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my jewels, and I will spare them, as a man that spareth his own son that serveth him” (Malachi 3:17). Are you HIS? Why not repent of sin and call upon the Lord to save you today (Romans 10:13). Then, be a gem shining for him, with “Christ in you” ALIVE, for you to live a consistent Christian life. Oh consistency, thou art a GEM!