Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers
Keep the Saw Sharp – Part I
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:17-32 NLT
Key Verses: Ephesians 4:21-23 NLT
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
The last of Covey’s habits that we look at is what he calls “Sharpening the Saw”.
In this section of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey covers the principles of self-renewal and suggests that there are four physical, social and emotional, mental, and spiritual.
As in some of the other habits he refers to, it is easy to see the similarities in this habit to the teachings in the Bible. The last verse of our Key Verses reminds us to “let the Spirit renew [our] thoughts and attitudes.”
When we come to Jesus and ask Him to forgive our sins and come into our lives, the Bible tells us that all things become new:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Most of us know that though the “new” has come to us in Christ, it takes a lifetime of learning and growing to live out these new principles. The New Living Translation of 2 Corinthians 5:17 is:
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
That says it best. Our new life has begun, but it needs constant attention and renewal to endure until the end of our lives.
Covey’s first area for renewal is physical. Proper rest and regular exercise are essential to our health and well-being, but it is easy for us to get so busy working and living life that we can forget that life is difficult if we lose our health. It is important to take care of the body that God has given us but do not make exercise more important than a right relationship with God.
As the Apostle Paul told Timothy:
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8)
Decide to see physical training as an important part of having a balanced lifestyle. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any area of your life that is getting out of balance.
Father, please help me to have Your wisdom as I work toward a balanced lifestyle that pleases You. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.