Semper idem, always the same. This is the consistent thread that traces the tapestry of Gods character. And if this is true, which it is, why do we even consider the fact that the creator of the universe would be anything less than immutable in His essence. Immutable in His requirements of us as His children.
Deuteronomy 32:4, introduces the term “Rock” to describe God. What an apropos image for Gods steadfast faithfulness and permanence. It is upon this rock that the church was built, it is upon this rock that God continues to anchor His children in the midst of a world chasing after change. Not change for improvement, but change that allows for a continued dilution of Gods requirement for integrity in our lives. It is not always apparent. It happens through a broadening of definitions. It happens when there is an unchecked challenge to Judeo Christian basics, so that sin and those who continue to sin, can justify their deliberate rejection of Gods law. Through this pursuit of justification, our nation has accepted a complete disregard for a fair deal, complete disclosure, and even a job well done.
God does not change, he does not evolve. He alone is “the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17). It is we who are subject to change, it is man that attempts to redefine good and evil, and man that blurs the boundaries that historically separated right and wrong. The boundaries that established efficacy and quality.
As you operate your business in the marketplace, there will always be opportunities to cut corners, miss commitments, and create reasons to justify why and how things happened or didn’t happen. Operating with honor and integrity has become “situational” for most businesses. The investment bankers on Wall Street have proved this over and over. Let this not be named amongst us as we stand in the gates as Christian businesses, providing products and services. Let us deliver at a level that is above expectation, and not simply on par. If we make mistakes, let us be quick to make things right, to fix problems. Promise less and deliver more. Let us live out Colossians 3:23 ESV. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
For not only have Gods requirements not changed, His rewards for the faithful are always the same. Persevero!