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The Value Of Consistency

By Don Loftis | 06.08.11

As the supposedly true story goes, a British statesman once asked a lady if she would sleep with him for a million pounds. She replied, “Well, I suppose so.” The statesman then asked if she would sleep with him for 50 pounds, to which she replied, “Of course not, what kind of woman do you think I am?” His rejoinder was insightfully true: “Madam, we have already established what kind of woman you are; we are just haggling about the price.”

One of the challenges of genuine discipleship is developing consistency. It is not acceptable to settle for making the right choice 90% of the time. There are no exceptions to that which is right.

Galatians 2 reveals a time in the apostle Peter’s life, when the price was high enough that he compromised the truth. He had demonstrated no prejudice toward the Gentile Christians in Antioch, openly eating with them. However, upon the arrival of some of his peers from Jerusalem, he changed his habits and ate only with the Jews. What had changed — truth or the situation? Peter’s real heart was exposed by his choice.

We might not skip worship services for a Titan’s ticket located in the end zone, but what about VIP seats in the press area? We probably wouldn’t tell a lie for $50, but what about $50,000? We likely would refuse to betray a confidence merely to get a laugh, but what about a major job promotion? Remember, our real values and top priorities are revealed by the exceptions we make to our “normal” rules of life.


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