There are a lot of people out there. Many of them claim to be “religious”, but don’t act any different than the world. Others are living a “faithful” life and love Jesus, but can’t point to any place in the Bible that supports the things that they claim.
How do you become an effective Christian? What does God want you to do, and how do you do it?
There’s a book I read last summer that I really enjoyed. It’s called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, and it changed my life — as most good books will do. I’d like to do a bit of a paraphrasing for you to learn from.
I’d like to share with you 7 habits of highly effective Christians.
You can’t wait for someone to ask you about your faith. Before anyone cares to ask, you need to be living it out and showing it.
When a friend is struggling, take the initiative to pray for them and to encourage them with your words and actions. Sometimes people just need a hug and a reminder that you care about them and are praying that they will see the good in the situation.
There are people in your life who need upliftment and help in their faith walk? Take the initiative and start a Bible study. Text a couple of friends. Ask someone to study with you.
Don’t walk around blindly. When Joshua and the Israelites marched around Jericho, they knew where they were going. They knew what was going to happen. They knew they were going to win.
When you start a Bible study with someone, know and deeply understand why you’re doing it.
When you talk to a friend about salvation, you’re doing it not because of the short term, but because of the long term. Everything we do here has a consequence, whether positive or negative.
Begin with the end in mind.
We, humans, tend to mess up our priorities quite a bit. We forget that we have to take the log out of our own eye before we try to take the speck out of someone else’s eye.
Put first things first.
Before you try to go around fixing everyone else’s problems and being a great light, get yourself straight. Ensure that you’re the best that you can be and then work on others.
Prioritize properly, or you’ll never be an effective Christian.
You are working towards a beneficial ending for both of you. In your relationship with others, in your Church, in everything — you are working for the best of both worlds, as the song goes.
Never get stuck in wanting to come out on top. You can’t convince others that you’re a loving person and then beat others to the ground in hopes of being on top every time.
Always be looking out for the win-win situation. When you bring another to Christ, it’s beneficial for everyone.
I have had quite a few discussions with others about beliefs. The biggest suggestion I have for when you do this with others is to listen first.
You can’t “debate” someone whose views you don’t understand.
In order to properly understand someone and
In “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey describes SYNERGY as the process of combining strengths of other people to create a much stronger force.
In our churches, in our work places, in our Bible study groups, our projects and work become much more powerful, effective, and efficient when we combine our forces.
However, we all have to use what we’re good at. Focusing on an area that we’re not good at isn’t beneficial to the “team”. In a family, if you are doing something you aren’t good at and if someone else is doing something they’re not good at, consider switching.
Put your strengths together, not your weaknesses.
Synergize. Use your strengths and make things happen.
Unfortunately, none of these habits will work if you aren’t able to come from a solid foundation. Everyday, wake up and read your Bible. Pray. Spend time with your goals in life.
Sharpen your tool and prepare to chop through the wood of life once again, every day, day in and day out.
Refine your habits daily and constantly improve. Your life will benefit from it.
Refuse to be stagnant in your Christianity. If you truly believe this, in an intelligent creator and a savior of the world, you need to be living like it — sharing it with others. Not only will it help secure your eternity, it gives your life overwhelming purpose and a joy that can be found nowhere else.
Becoming an effective, happy, loving and successful Christian is only a few steps away.
“Effective Christians are effective because their lives are powered by the Word of God. They know what God says and that knowledge empowers them to make right choices in more consistent ways.” (By Mike Mazzalongo)
I came across this one after several others I think it’s a good list, but she doesn’t actually put any scriptures to work. I will also list all the ones I find that are available.
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