Keller: Staying steadfast

We are all creatures of habit.

We get up at the same hour, eat the same breakfast, make the same drive to our place of work and listen to the same radio station during our commute.

We face endless repetition in our daily routines.

That’s life.

While it may not seem like it at times, there is real maturity and growth in being faithful and responsible day by day, week by week, year by year.

We might say the same for our spiritual lives.

We go to church, sit in the same seats and sing the same praise and worship music.

Even our prayers can sound the same.

We are tempted to wonder, “Am I doing anything profitable for the kingdom of God? I’ve been doing the same thing over and over, but there is little variety to it.”

Growing in grace does not mean doing more or greater things for God.

Real growth comes in doing the same things again and again with heart assurance that we are doing everything for God.

It’s like learning to write in the first grade.

You begin with looping circles and lines, forming a big letter.

After a while, the letters become smaller and closer together.

Eventually, you learn to put words together and form sentences.

Even though you have been doing the same repetitious things, the whole time you were accomplishing something worthy.

In your Christian walk, it takes much grace to keep going when you are tired, broken, downcast or afflicted.

It takes more grace to stay steadfast in those times than it does when everything is new and fresh and exciting.

The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

It is wonderful to know we can trust his Word and see that he is with us.

I encourage you to serve him faithfully and watch the Lord bring you into a new place of peace, trust and purpose.

Billy Keller is the pastor at Trinity Church of God. You can contact him at pastorbilly1@bellsouth.net.of God. You can contact him at pastorbilly1@bellsouth.net.