The Value of Consistency
Today, as in the first century, there are strong pressures to live with a “partial” commitment to God. One religious man was always going around averaging his morality. He said, “I am doing pretty good on an average. I sometimes swear, but I am an honest person. I do not attend worship services, but I do not get drunk.” This same man hired a fellow to build a fence around his pasture. Upon completion he was asked, “Is the fence built tight and strong?” The fence builder replied, “I can’t say it is all tight and strong, but on an average, it is a pretty good fence. I may have left a gap a yard wide or so here and there, but then I made up for it by doubling the rails in other places.” The irreligious man said, “You mean to tell me that you have built a fence around my pasture where my animals can get out in spots? Do you not understand that a fence must be tight and consistent or it is worthless?” The worker implied, “I used to think so until I heard you talking about averaging matters with the Lord. I thought, if it works with the Lord it would seem it would work with a few cows.”
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