Constancy as a Theme of Life

     We are thinking about a set of ideas under the heading of “constancy.” Last week in this space we considered constancy at home. Today we will consider constancy as a theme of life. This may seem a bit foreign but when you think about it, our individual lives do develop a theme as we go along. Some folks come to be known as calm, others as easily agitated. Some folks are helpers; others seem always to be needing help. Some hardly ever get into trouble while others cannot seem to stay out of it. Life gets to be thematic, perhaps whether we mean for it to or not.

     The Bible teaches that we are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28). A primary characteristic of God is His constancy. He is reliable. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV). He always directs us to obedience (Hebrews 5:8-9) and He always provides us with the grace and mercy we need (Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 John 1:5-10). His constancy was proven for all time by the sacrifice of His Son on the cross (John 3:16, John 19:30).

     We might flop around in our lives for a time, going from one thing to another, looking for something to pull our lives into meaningfulness. People do that. We look for the next big thing to make us happy. We might think it is pleasure, money or pride (1 John 2:15-17). Instead of looking for that next big thing we ought to consider the help offered to us by the One who created us.

     For example, Paul addressed some problems the church at Corinth was having in 1 Corinthians. He got to their problems with spiritual gifts and worship in chapters 10-14. As he worked through that material he provided a gem of direction for them specifically and us today generally: “Let all things be done decently and in order” (14:40).

     This little sentence is a beautiful expression of constancy. He was saying to that church full of upset and agitation, “Calm down and straighten up.” The idea that we have to do something even if it is wrong is wrong itself. Look ahead. Think about the consequences of whatever you might say or do.

Consider who you have been, who are and who you want to be and then follow that goal with an attitude of constancy. As Solomon said, “The race is not to the swift” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). The race is instead to those who “Fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Let us be constant in doing just that. Let this constancy be a theme of our lives.