My personal motivation to you
"Lack of consistency can bring on a lack of interest." -Anonymous
You remember that time you were on fire for God? You did devotions every day, you prayed when you woke up and went to bed, you were encouraging to others, you always had a smile on your face, and you looked like you were living the "Christian life" the right way. What happened? Where did your flame go? That light that you once had, has shimmered down to a few sparks here and there. The flames you once fanned and fed to keep a consistent burning and desire inside you has dimmed to a low glow of dying embers. Every now and then, you light a match to let your fire begin again, but it is easily blown out and pushed aside for other desires in your life.
Your what use to be fire is now just a fire place waiting to be lit. You remember it sometimes, but do not have the same desire to stay warm as before. You have gotten use to the cool air full of sin around you. Sometimes the cold sin brings a shiver up your spine; you look back at your fireplace and think to light it. "No," you tell yourself, "I'm too far gone for that warmth anymore. I don't need it, and I don't want it."
I saw a fitness ad once that really gave me some inspiration in writing about this. It said, "Routine=Consistency; Consistency=Results" How true is that in the Christian life of you and me today? I can personally say that so often in life I've done this. I would be consistent in my walk with God for a time. I would pray to God before I ate and when I woke up, I would read my Bible like I should, I would listen to uplifting music instead of today's top hits, and I would feel like I'm really pleasing God. It was great! As you can guess, it didn't stay that way.
Some friends would show me a new "cool" song that I just had to listen to. Now I'm listening to that garbage again. I'd hear a dirty joke in the locker room and chime in with a laugh or a comment of my own. Now I'm using filthy talk again. I would hear some really juicy gossip that I just had to share or ask about. Now I'm talking about others. I would forget about reading my Bible because I tell myself, "I'll get to it later." Is later here yet? I guess not because I haven't read it for a few days. Now I've pushed God's speaking out of my life. What's next?
When the Holy spirit gets my attention I tell myself lies like, "Oh, I'm not that bad." or, "Okay, I will read the Bible once to make up for all the other times I missed it." Read those lies again. Do you see any desire in them? My desire for God has been completely shut out because I filled my heart with the world instead of God.
This is a common mistake of many Christians. Yes, I am saved, but sometimes I go into the battle without my armor. You know you do this too. So often you fill your life with things that seem great and maybe aren't bad, but you shut out the priority. As a Christian, God should always be at the top and above everything. He is the foundation and sets your standards of how you live.
Sometimes you hear a really great message, or go to a Christian concert, or go on a missions trip, or hear a story of a miracle, and you run to your fireplace. You start a roaring fire and are almost pressured into being a light for Christ because you realize you need to get back into the routine. Why doesn't that ever last? Why do you let the fire die?
This may not be the ONLY reason that Christians fall back, but (in my opinion) this is one of the biggest struggles of a Christian. WE ARE LAZY!
You set standards and pursuits in your life in line of what God tells you, and you don't hold true to yourself. Don't be discouraged! It's not because you can't do it! It's because you are forgetting something: you can't do it on your own. Live your life according to God WITH God.
Ask Him to stick to doing devotions at a certain time. You can't just jump to being good at something. It's going to be tough! You are going to mess up! You are going to forget! But know that you can do it. God wants to talk to you; He will help you. After doing something over and over and over (and over), it will start to stick and become easier. Become consistent in your daily walk with God. Let your light shine for Christ. Be different! Your consistency will show results. Strive for those results.
Maybe you struggle with something other than devotions. Everyone has that one sin that's more tempting than the others. You are probably going to fall a lot before you learn to step over that stumbling block in your life. Know that God is with you and will help you get through it. Your consistency in trying to do what is right will have results of breaking old sinful habits.
Keeping a fire constantly going is hard work, but it's work that glorifies your King! Know that living the life of Christ is more praiseworthy. It's easy to become lazy and give up. I do it all the time! Never let that stop you from trying again. Don't fall so far away you become uninterested with the work of your Father. Keep on toward the goal. You can never fall too far from God for Him to reach down and help you back up. Continue struggling for Him, and your consistency will bring results.
Hi, I am Michael Jaymes. I am only 18, but I've decided to start to write. I feel a burden on my heart that I have much to say, so why not share it? I want to be heard and I want to touch the lives of others. What is a better way than through the internet? I have made my life motto, "I just want to be a blessing." It's time for me to live it out.