Do you remember the old story of “The Tortoise and the Hare?” There is a spiritual truth in that story that we need to learn. That is this...in the long run it is not brilliance, energy, or excitement that accomplishes the most in God’s kingdom. It is patience, perseverance, and steadfastness. The determination to keep on keeping on to the end.
Many churches, and religious people are looking for high-voltage excitement. They want to leap from one spiritual high to another. The real test of discipleship is not whether we can serve God when the crowds are cheering and the flags are waving, but whether we can serve on the long, dusty march in the heat of the day! Those who are steadfast regardless of the burden are the real foot soldiers of the faith who fight the fight every weary day.
Here are some ways to be steadfast in your faith.
1. Be consistent in Christian living. Christianity is a daily duty, not a once-a-week ritual.
2. Be persistent in prayer. It is easy to talk about the value of prayer and fail in practice.
3. Be faithful in church attendance. Those who attend sporadically are missing out on the steadfast spiritual diet necessary to their spiritual health.
4. Be faithful in seeking the lost. Many of us are easily discouraged when we try to reach the lost. Many a man or woman has obeyed the gospel because someone was persistent.
5. Be steadfast in service. There is much to do, and often few willing to do it.
6. And remember Paul’s words to Corinth...be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. I Corinthians 15:58