Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers

When you internalize the values that Jesus taught, you become highly effective

Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers
Be Proactive – Part I

Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:1-25 NLT

Key Verse: Genesis 2:7 NLT
Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.

Today’s Scripture Reading reminds us of who our Creator is and how He completed the creative task.

For a person to be highly effective, Stephen Covey suggests that they develop the habit of being proactive. He says that being proactive means that our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.

When a person forms this habit, they realize that it is their responsibility to make good decisions. They do not blame conditions like their upbringing or their environment for their bad decisions.

Covey’s description of a reactive versus a proactive person gives a better understanding. Feelings, circumstances, conditions, and environment drive reactive people. Values drive proactive people – values that they carefully think through, select, and internalize.

Covey concludes that proactive people learn to set their feelings and circumstances aside and choose to live by their values. Translating these thoughts to highly effective Christ-followers is easy.

After God formed man, He did something that He did not do for any other of His creations: He breathed His breath of life into man’s nostrils and that gave man free moral choice.

Animals live by instinct and training, but God has given man the privilege and responsibility of knowing and choosing between right and wrong. This demands that a Christ-follower who wants to be highly effective in their walk with God be proactive.

Jesus laid out the values of the Kingdom of God while He was on earth. Effective Christ-followers internalize these values into their daily lives.

It is difficult but essential to develop the habit of following our values rather than our feelings. We must decide that our wants, our cravings, and our emotional reactions do not dictate what we do. We discipline our bodies to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Our top value is to know what Jesus taught and to have a single-minded purpose to live out those teachings.

Of course, developing any new habit comes with failures along the way because our fleshly cravings get the better of us at times. A highly effective Christ-follower uses their failures to learn and grow.

Father, help me to never give up when I fail to be the person I want to be. Grant me strength to keep going and growing in You. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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