I have been observing people, and myself and I notice that remaining constant from day to day is challenging.
Constant simply means to be faithful, loyal and steadfast. That we remain constant implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted. Simply stated, we need to remain the same in our convictions, our ethics and our commitments no matter what.
We can find the example in this verse -
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. (NLT)
It didn’t matter what the situation was, we can see that Jesus stood firm on what He believed. He found the ideals or core values for His life and ministry and stood firm with them, many times He stood alone. He realized the importance of staying the same, not changing when things are hard or when everyone else feels like you should do something different.
We had Vision Sunday at Word Of Life a couple of weeks ago and Pastor Chad shared the six core values of our church. The things we will focus on as we reach and disciple people for His kingdom. I wanted to list them:
· Found people should find people
· Saved people should serve people
· We will embrace change not fight it
· We will do everything with excellence
· Corporate prayer will be a top priority
· We will be passionate when it comes to church
This is a pattern for us as a church, and I believe it is a pattern for each of us as Christians. It is a way to remain constant in a world that is continually shifting from one side to the other. We will stay constant when we are constantly looking for opportunities to reach out, loving and serving people, not worrying about changes because we are trying something new, that as Christians we will have excellent lives so that others will be drawn to us and that we will pray and be passionate.
2 Timothy 1:13-14 Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me--a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you. (NLT)
Paul told Timothy to hold fast to the pattern he taught him. Paul could have easily given up as his world continued to challenge him, even to the point of death many times. He knew his call and he knew that he lived his life for something greater than himself. We are like Paul, we have something greater than ourselves to live for. We need to hold fast and guard carefully the truth we have been given so that we can remain constant followers of Christ.
Terry Scott is the Associate Pastor of Word of Life. He served for 16 years as our youth pastor and from there he founded futureVision ministries with his wife Linda. Terry oversees our missions department at Word of Life where he works hand in hand with our pastors in Namibia, Burma and the Philippines.