Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers
Key Questions – Part I
Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:14-30 NLT
Key Verse: Matthew 25: 21a NLT
“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant…’”
People around the world have bought over forty million copies of Stephen R. Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. This is the number one most influential business book of the twentieth century. Its popularity is due to the deep longing of most people to be effective as a person and to be effective in their vocation.
Most of the seven habits also have significant implications for people who want to be effective as a follower of Christ. In this month’s devotional, I take several of Covey’s seven habits and translate them into principles and habits that help anyone that wants to be a highly effective Christ-follower.
Before we get into these habits, let’s answer a couple of questions. What does it mean to be highly effective as a Christ-follower? Is this a biblical desire?
The Apostle Paul gives us a good foundation for answering these questions:
So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:26-27 NLT)
This verse tells us that a highly effective person lives their life with purpose. This is the opposite of simply doing what it takes to just get through the day. Too many Christ-followers end up aimlessly living their lives with little spiritual purpose built into their daily activities.
Is a desire to be a highly effective Christ-follower biblical? The Apostle Paul thought it was indeed a godly desire because he said that he disciplined his body and trained it to do what he wanted.
Jesus’s “Parable of the Talents” leads us to the same conclusion. The parable is about three servants whose master gave them money along with the responsibility to manage the money while he was away. Two of the servants did a great job and received this commendation:
“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” (Matthew 25:23 NLT)
This parable, along with other biblical lessons, supplies the motivation for us to live life in such a way that we hear from Jesus these same words: “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
Jesus gives all Christ-followers a heart for God’s purpose and to guide their daily lives.
Father, help me to live my life with the purpose that You have for me. Grant me wisdom and strength because I want to be a good and faithful follower. In Jesus’s name, amen.