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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Train for consistency

Why am I so inconsistent?

I can talk a good game. I can restrain my words when someone else is in the car. But I find out what I'm capable of when I ride by myself. I tend to talk to other drivers in not so endearing terms. I know what I'm capable of.

Why am I so inconsistent?

I mean, it's not like I don't want to live fully and faithfully for God. Hello. I do! Or at least I say I do. But when it comes down to doing what it really takes, my talk is a lot bigger than my walk.

I'm learning this through running.

To run a 10k race, you need to train-unless you're from Kenya. Then you just have to be breathing.

But I need to train. If I hadn't trained last year by running months before the race, I'd have never finished the 6.2 mile race running. No way. No matter how inspired I was. No matter how much I wanted to impress somebody or win a prize. The only way I was able to do that was that I disciplined myself regularly to run. I don't run, I don't get stronger and I don't finish the race.

So I ask myself again, "Why am I so inconsistent?"

Because you don't train to run the spiritual race. Or you train, but you train casually. Instead of training for the Navy Seals or Army Rangers I train for the Jedburg Police Dept.

So what's it going to take for me to live more consistently? Train to remain. Train to remain in Christ.

Jesus says in John 15, "Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 'I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.'"

Humbling.

But I have to begin by humbling myself if I'm ever going to move from gutless Christian to standing firm in Christ every day. If I want to stop complaining about my inconsistencies and do something about them, I need get on my knees and fight like a man. I need to sit and soak in God's word regularly, at length and with pen in hand. I need to pray God's word and fast. Yes, I need to allow myself to get weaker physically to get stronger spiritually. His strength is made perfect in my weakness. I need to give and give sacrificially. Worship God with my lips AND hands.

May my worship, dear God, cause me to perspire for your glory. Clean me up, fill me up, and send me out. I drop my trinkets and trivial pursuits and offer myself to you again today. Remain in me and do what only you can do through me. In Jesus' ever-present name I pray, amen.