It is easy to be the type of Christian who goes to church, sings, listens to the sermon, and goes back home with that Sunday checked off his or her list. You might think you are doing a really good job at being consistent and you might even be proud of yourself, but living a consistent Christian life takes a whole lot more than just going to church on Sunday. The Christian life continues when you go home.
It gets hard when you are in your room and there is no one to ask you to open your Bible, or to close your eyes and pray. It gets challenging when you have to practice loving your boss, who is always grumpy, or that annoying friend in your class.
I have tried so many different things that I thought would help me to have some kind of consistency. I am guessing you know what happened – I failed. We do not have to make excuses for our behavior; instead, we need to acknowledge that we need Jesus every single day and that we cannot do anything without Him. Once I understood that, I was able to grow into a more intentional relationship with God.
Cultivating a consistent relationship with God’s Word
The truth is, we cannot develop an intimate relationship with someone we do not know. And that is why it is so important to be consistent when it comes to reading God’s Word.
Scripture tells us about who He is, His character, and His amazing attributes. So get a good Bible reading plan, find a partner, and commit to persevere. If you have a consistent relationship with His Word, you have a consistent relationship with God himself.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1
Maintaining a consistent prayer life
It amazes me that the most powerful being in the universe wants me to come to Him and present my requests. That I can talk to Him as a Father knowing that He will listen to my prayers. However, life can get busy and we might get distracted by other things. We tend to move prayer to the bottom of our list of priorities, but prayer should be our first response to everything. Pray to Him in the car, in the shower, in the supermarket. Do not let prayer be important only in times of desperation.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12
Preserving consistent worship and continual praise
When God looks at your life, does He see genuine worship? And I am not talking about raising your hands in church and getting emotional. Consistent worship is when you leave the sanctuary and still worship Him with your actions, words, and with the way you treat others. It is the desire to honor Him in everything you do. Likewise, praise is an attitude that no matter what you face, you are still aware that He is in control; He is all powerful. It is thanking Him for who He is, and for allowing us to have a relationship with Him. It all comes together to the fact that God is the focus, He is the center of everything, and He alone deserves all the praise and glory.
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” – Psalm 150:6
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34
Live It Out
Find a partner and choose a Bible plan that you can read together. You can be an encouragement to one another and discuss what you learned.
Make a list of things you want to pray about and set aside at least 5 minutes of your day to sit and pray. No distractions.
Be grateful and thank God for the little things we sometimes tend to think are not so important. Thank God for the remarkable blessings He has given us.
Do not let yourself be one of those Christians who thinks consistency is about his or her church attendance and that that is enough. It does not end there. Take it with you to your everyday life. Be the kind of Christian who seeks consistency because of a deep and true desire of getting to know the One who formed all of creation, yet calls us by name.