Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers

If you do all that you know you ought to, then you can enjoy peace in your walk with God

Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers
Put First Things First – Part III

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:25-34 NLT

Key Verse: Matthew 6:33 NLT
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”

It takes daily work to form a new habit.

One study suggested that it takes 59-70 days to form a new habit. If a person truly works at it every day, then 59 days is the least it could take. But if a person does not stick to the routine, then forming that habit takes much longer. This should remind us Christ-followers that the habits that make us highly effective take consistent work.

God’s Word answers the question of what things to put first in our daily lives. One of the scriptures that summarizes what God sees as “first things” is found in Micah 6:8 NLT:

No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good,
and this is what He requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.

God knows that all of us are at different stages in our Christian life. This means that “doing what is right” means different things in different stages. What God requires of us is that we simply do what is right, as we know it today. As we grow, we know more about what is right and then can adapt to that newfound knowledge.

This idea of “doing what is right”, according to Micah 6:8, is a “first thing” for all believers. Do not worry about the things we are not sure of because it takes all our energy to be obedient to what we now know is right.

The Apostle James wrote to believers along this same line of thinking:

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. (James 4:17)

If we are doing all we know we ought to do, then we can enjoy peace in our walk with God. However, once the Holy Spirit reveals something to us that He either wants us to do or wants us to stop doing, then we must respond to that knowledge with our obedience.

This means that there are some things that we are in the habit of doing now that are not sins. But sometime in the future, God may ask us not to do that any longer. This is “Christian growth”. Christian growth is normal and happens to all of God’s children.

When God shows us that He no longer wants us to do something, and we go ahead and do it anyway, we sin.

To summarize Micah’s first point, we must make what we know to be “right” the first thing to do every day.

(Continued.)

Father, I want to grow in my understanding of You and what pleases You. Grant me Your wisdom and discipline to be obedient to new truths. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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