Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers
Keep the Saw Sharp – Part III
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.
When Covey suggests that effective people develop the habit of “sharpening the saw”, how does this relate to our walk with God?
It means simply doing things that make us more effective! When it comes to our spiritual journey and spiritual renewal, look for ways that improve our intimacy with God.
The Apostle Paul taught that a mature Christ-follower moves beyond asking if something is sinful and asks if it is beneficial:
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12)
The Apostle was dealing with some of the Corinthian believers who were trying to make a case that they were free to do whatever they wanted because they had freedom in Christ. Have you ever felt that way or met any believer who seemed to live as if that was true?
As Christ-followers know that we have freedom from legalistic rules trying to earn God’s favor. But as we mature, we increasingly want to become highly effective Christ-followers for the Kingdom of God. With that in mind, we must start asking the question that 1 Corinthians 6:12 suggests: Is this approach or event something beneficial to my walk with God?
In our world, the Bible does not mention everything that might be sinful, yet some things may be detrimental to our spiritual lives. Mature Christ-followers also understand that while some things are fine for some, they could become sins for other Christ-followers.
We all have weaknesses, areas that leave us vulnerable to sinful behavior. Even if every other believer can take part in some event, it might not be beneficial for us because of a weakness. Maturity does not mean there are no weaknesses, it means we are aware of our weaknesses and make the right choices because of them.
“Sharpening the saw” for spiritual renewal means focusing on ways of making us stronger and more effective as disciples of Christ. This may mean removing some things from our lives and adding other, more positive things to our daily routines.
Father, help me to have the discipline to drop anything that is hindering our relationship and add things that help grow it. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.