Why Your Spiritual Consistency is Worth the Cost

The benefits far outweigh what you pay each day to walk faithfully.

Mondays are not the best days for car trouble. One morning I hopped in my car and inserted the key in the ignition. When I cranked it—I kid you not—the car made the sound: “Ugh.”

So I pulled out the jumper cables. But two days later, the car sang the second verse of the same song: “Ugghhh.”

Why Your Spiritual Consistency is Worth the Cost

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Later that day, my auto mechanic gave a simple diagnosis: I needed a new battery.

Now, I could have said: “Hey, you know, a car starting every other day isn’t so bad. It sure beats walking. I guess I don’t need a battery.” Guess again. I bought a battery—a big one. If my vehicle runs inconsistently, it’s of little value to me. At the same time, keeping the car running reliably comes down to one thing. 

It costs me.

The same is true of our spiritual lives.

When Spiritual Consistency Lacks

Without spiritual consistency, we’re like a car that starts every other day. What good is that?

The Bible asks the same question of us:

What good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.—James 2:15-17

We may never say it, but often we live with the credo: “I’ll trust Jesus for my eternal life, but my daily life is my business.” The Bible says that such a faith, while perhaps a true one, is “useless” and “worthless” (James 2:20, 26).

The Benefit of Spiritual Consistency

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The Benefit of Spiritual Consistency

On the other hand, spiritual consistency has a HUGE benefit. When we demonstrate our faith in good works, the world takes notice and God is glorified:

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. —Matthew 5:16

Ironic, isn’t it? Good works have nothing to do with becoming a Christian, but good works have everything to do with living like one. God has even prepared in advance good works for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10).

What Spiritual Consistency Costs Us

It is expected of us when we say, “I’m a Christian,” that we model it consistently before others.  Not perfection. Consistency. 

But spiritual consistency costs. In regard to my car, it cost me a battery. In regard to our faith, the costs are pricier:

  • Again, spiritual consistency doesn’t mean we’re perfect, but it does mean we’re honest. It costs us our pride as we confess our sins to God and to one another (1 John 1:9; James 5:16).
  • It costs us some sleep, as we get up perhaps 30 minutes earlier to make our relationship with God our priority each day (Proverbs 8:34-35; Mark 1:35).
  • Spiritual consistency costs us the daily sacrificing of our own wills and selfish desires (Romans 6:13, 16, 19; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:20; Hebrews 13:15).
  • It takes living the truth in daily, diligent, and faithful obedience (Ephesians 4:1; 1 Peter 2:11).

These costs are huge investments, to be sure. But spiritual consistency is worth the cost.

Daily faith does us no good just sitting in the driveway. It must run.

Question: What other “costs” do you spend for the sake of spiritual consistency? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • my2Cin

    Hi Wayne,
    Here in the Holy Land I have converted (my car) to a hybrid – originally only 95-octane now also LPG – it really feels good when I fill-up.
    The other thing I do here is have her looked at and serviced every 15,000km – saves hastle!

    • At around $9 for a gallon of gasoline, I don’t blame you! Here in the states, prices aren’t quite that high. But I also drive a hybrid because I commute about 50 miles per day. Thanks for your comment.

  • Doug Johnson

    Wayne, my wife and are are really enjoying your daily inspirational emails. We were with you and Chuck Swindoll on his trip to the Holy Land in “08”. Your daily reminders of our time together helps us both remember our trip and to stay faithful. I’ve always had trouble disciplining myself to read the Bible daily but between your emails and Chuck’s it has become easy. Thanks so much.
      Doug and Deb Johnson

    • Good to hear from you, Doug and Deb. I’m really glad the posts encourage you to read the Word. I could hear no greater affirmation. Thank you both.

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  • Michelle thick

    The world does take notice. In my job I work I have made a few spiritual friends. A gentlemen told me just last week that my presence here is good. That he knows God sent me here and he Blessed me and gave me a hug. Not to mention other hugs too. And everyone says hi when im there. People talk with me and feel comfortable. A very good feeling. Im enjoying my bible reading and I often relate it to our world now. Praying for others and being close to God is good. Thanks for youe reads Wayne so uplifting and comforting. Also keep me grounded in the word.
    God Bless

    • That’s right, Michelle. If we live for God’s glory, the world can’t help but notice. Keep up the great work.

  • ARM BAR

    My other Costs was actually not really a costs ,but misunderstanding about God character that did actually cost me my opportunity to get what i need, when my own relatives hurt me a lot i neither responded nor took a revenge right away and the misunderstood was i thought that God would bless me with what i have prayed for my need ,but God didn’t do that,God wants me to focus on the knowledge and truth and not that kind of exchange,but i believe God would bless me one day in His own time of course,that’s a good topic and also a reminder,Thank You Wayne.

    • There are many ways to “pay” in the spiritual life— some are costs of time, of pride, or of humility. Thanks for pushing through the hard moments to the other side.