Consistent

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 1:15-22

Some Corinthians accused Paul of belonging to that class of individuals which feels no qualms in uttering “Yes, Yes,” and “No, No” in the same breath. We all know such people. One moment they say “Yes” to something; the next they say “No.” Because the Apostle had changed his plans to visit Corinth, some people classified him as one of these unreliable and untrustworthy people whose Yes becomes No with a shift in the wind.

Paul insisted he was not like that. His proof was the message that he preached. “The Christ who was preached among you,” said Paul, “was not ‘Yes’ and ‘No,’ but in him it has always been ‘Yes.’” For people desiring forgiveness of sin and heaven, the gospel message is not a fickle and wishy-washy “maybe you need Jesus, maybe you don’t.” Everyone needs Christ alone.

When speaking of the need for Jesus to save, Paul never preached “Yes” to some people and “No” to others. His message was always a resounding, consistent, and unwavering “Christ alone” to every group. With this conviction Paul preached and with equal conviction he lived. He wanted his life to be grounded in the truth and be as consistent as his proclamation of the gospel.

PRAYER

Dear Father, deliver us from an inconsistent life. Help us to say “Yes” to you always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.