THE “C” s THAT WILL HELP YOU (2)- CONSISTENCY
I have been writing and sending out messages for the past eight years. It was a simple practice of journaling that became a ministry to bless lives through writing. Today, this writing ministry is a blessing to many globally, with many streams flowing from it.
One quality that you cannot joke about is consistency. You must be consistent. Consistency is the commitment to a cause. Commitment means staying the course. It means running the race.
Consistency means you are not joking with life. If you joke with life, you will end up a joke in life. You are schooled into greatness. Schools have a pattern they stick to. Build a structure of consistency.
The problem is that you have not stayed long enough on one assignment to see it produce results. You change paths and patterns so often that it is difficult to know what to call you for. Today, you are into branding. In a matter of months, you are into building. Before we know it, you are now a baker. Fight inconsistency. Inconsistency is the forerunner of failure.
Great men are consistent men. There is a routine to which greatness is brutally committed. Some patterns must never be offended.
Let’s learn from Jesus Christ our Lord about patterns we should not offend:
So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
Luke 4:16-17 NKJV
1. Have a custom of finding the will of God from the Word of God. Live out the will of God and not just your wishes.
2. Have a custom of fellowshiping with other believers in a local assembly.
3. Have a custom of service in the local assembly. Jesus took scripture reading, and he taught.
Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.
Luke 22:39 NKJV
4. Have a pattern of prayer.
Did you notice “his disciples also followed him”? You can not be followed until consistency takes over confusion.
Other great men had patterns that they were committed to:
Daniel had patterns since his early days.
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Daniel 6:10 NKJV
Apostle Paul had his patterns also:
Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
Acts 17:2 NKJV
What custom have you built? What is your culture of hard work? What is your culture of honour? What is your culture of service? What culture have you developed?
Do not be consistent with being inconsistent. It will give you a bad name.
My spiritual father taught us that: Fun is good, but you become funny to your world if all you do is fun. There is “agba-iya” (an irresponsible adult). There is no “omode-iya” (irresponsible baby).
Growth comes with responsibility. One of them is consistency. Be consistent.
© temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa