Stedfastness-A Godlike Quality

A Christian business-man had a paper-weight on his desk that was a small replica of an old-time weathervane with a rooster silhouetted.  A friend who had been known to tease dropped by and was talking to him. When the friend saw the tiny weathervane, he said, “What does that mean?  That you are a fair-weather Christian?” The business-man replied, “No; that means I’m a Christian no matter which way the wind blows!”                                                  

Stedfastness is defined as being: “firm, constant, not fickle.”  We want our friends to be stedfast.   We prize the quality in all those we deal with and God prizes this quality in his people.  The Holy Spirit said in I Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” After the church; the house of Christ is mentioned in Hebrews 3:4 and 5 the inspired writer says in verse 6 “…whose house are we, if we hold fast our boldness and the glorying of our hope stedfast unto the end.”

Stedfast and faithful are two words often used for the same thought.  This is seen in Revelation 2: 10 when Jesus said, “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee the crown of life.”  The life and health of a congregation depends on the stedfastness of it members. Without this quality a congregation cannot go forward.  With it, all other obstacles can be overcome. Stedfastness is a quality that finds its ultimate manifestation in the personality of our God.  His Stedfastness in the universe is so precise that the orbits of the planets can be determined centuries in advance.  The natural laws are dependable. The laws of physics are constant. And this is true also of His spiritual laws.  In Hebrew 2:2 we are told “…the words spoken through angels prove stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received and just recompense of reward.”  His word is so dependable that we can have it as “…an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast.”  To be godly or godlike, we must cultivate the same quality in ourselves.

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