Faithful, consistent, committed, persistent. All words that we know describe attributes that are good, that we should aspire to. But they are qualities that can be eroded by the instant, quick fix, casual society that we live in.
Paul talks about running a race, striving to achieve a goal. Jesus teaches through a story of a persistent widow. Moses leads the Israelite people through 40 years in the wilderness. Persistence, commitment, consistency, faithfulness. Patience and faithfulness are listed among the fruits of the Spirit.
May we defend ourselves against the short-term me-centred attitudes of our time. That we realise and embrace that faithfulness and an eye on the long-term goal in Jesus mean that we can persist. That we can dare to commit – to His plans, to His purposes and to His work.
Commitment is not a dirty word – the people we admire for achieving have almost invariably had to persist and stay committed, rather than be distracted from the goal. Commitment is precious, it is good. May we stay true, may we stay faithful and committed and may we stay the course, to achieve the goal and to win the prize for which Christ has called us heavenwards in Christ Jesus.