“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
In Search of Constancy
(Please read 1 Corinthians 15:58)
Are you ever tempted to take a day, or several days, off from serving the Lord? Have you told yourself that you’re really not forsaking him, just taking a little breather? Then you’re not alone; probably most of us have had such an urge, at least fleetingly.
There may be more claims on our time and loyalty than those our fathers faced, but inconsistency in service is not a new thing. Even in Paul’s day it was appropriate for Christians to be reminded of the need for steadfastness in the Lord’s service. So he encouraged the Corinthians to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (NAS).
If we are inconsistent and unreliable in our Christian service — “on” today, then “off” for awhile — we are not steadfast and we certainly are not “abounding in the work of the Lord.” If we can be moved from his work by laziness, indifference, tiredness, ill-will, the pursuit of pleasure, or other things, we can hardly claim to be immovable.
Sometimes the root of the problem is our feeling, perhaps correctly, that the church is demanding too much of us. Or we may have overcommitted ourselves to other activities clamoring for our time. And of course we have mood swings that can affect our behavior.
When we feel such pressures, it is time to take a look at our lives, pare down our commitments, and ask the Lord for help in keeping on the right track. With his aid we can follow the advice of the old song: “Be constant in God’s service here. Don’t let your light burn low.”