Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers
Be Proactive – Part IV
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.
As we looked at yesterday, Stephen Covey writes about how proactive people internalize values and make them rule over any feelings or desires that do not fit into those values. I am sure you can see the implications that statement has for Christ-followers.
The values of this world do not fit our Christian lifestyle. However, since we live in this world, it takes great intentionality not to allow worldly values to become our values. Like the frog goes to sleep in water coming to a slow boil, it happens so slowly that we can easily miss how worldly values slip into our lives.
The good news is that Christ-followers have the Holy Spirit to nudge us, convict our hearts, and get us back on track. The first thing is to get God’s values internalized into our minds and hearts. Here are a few suggestions to help you make this happen.
It may be obvious, but it takes repetition for a person to internalize information. We must hear the information over and over before it saturates our thinking. Therefore, we Christ-followers must hear God’s truth over and over so that we can internalize it.
One of the best ways to internalize God’s truth is for us to have a time set aside where we study the Bible daily.
Someone once asked Rick Warren what the difference was between reading God’s Word and studying God’s Word. His answer was spot on: ”Bible study is done with a pen and paper in hand.”
Studying the Bible means taking notes on what we read and writing down the questions we have so we can seek answers. In other words, it is much like our studies in school. We might read a chapter for a reading assignment, but we do not remember the information as well unless we take notes.
To internalize God’s truth, it is good to re-read a book in the Bible rather than simply moving on to the next book. I have re-read a book four and five times so that I can get the information straight in my head before moving on to another book.
Another suggestion is to start your daily studies in the New Testament starting with the lessons Jesus taught in the Gospels. When you are studying the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), notice that they cover much of the same teachings of Jesus. You might make notes on the differences in each Gospel.
All these approaches can help you internalize God’s values in your life!
Father, I want to live out Your values in my life. Please help me to take the time to study Your Word. Holy Spirit, quicken my mind that I might grasp all the truths that I read. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.