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Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers

To be a successful Christ-follower, do not allow other people’s bad behavior cause you to not act Christlike

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

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.

Our relationships present one of the tougher aspects of becoming a proactive Christ-follower.

In any relationship, there are times when we react when a person treats us poorly. However, highly successful Christ-followers do not allow other people’s bad behavior to cause them to act poorly or not Christlike.

Remember, we are working to form a habit of being single-minded to be like Jesus every day. This habit is based on our decision to never allow our feelings to dictate our behavior. Because God has given us free moral choice, we can choose to ignore our feelings and stick to our values.

One of the greatest signs of Christian maturity and being a highly effective Christ-follower is the habit of being value-driven. Any person who sticks around a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church has knowledge of the values Jesus taught.

However, there is a big difference in knowing and living out one’s values. Most of us find ourselves, at times, not living what we say we believe.

For example, most Christ-followers believe in the concept of being generous in their giving, and say they believe in the adage “You can’t outgive God”. However, when it comes to giving generously, how many still struggle to trust that God will take care of them?

Let’s look at one more example of believers not living their values. Most Christ-followers say that they believe that God does not give them more temptation than they can manage. But how many stand strong during their temptation?

According to Stephen Covey, proactive people realize that they are responsible for their own lives and must take the initiative to make things happen. Translating this to our walk with God, Christ-followers must take responsibility for the decisions and behaviors of their lives; God has given all of us free moral choice.

Yes, we have the Holy Spirit to remind and give us the strength to make right choices, but we still must decide our choices.

James 1:12 NLT, reminds us:

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.

Our lives here on earth are our time for testing and the proving of our faith. This means that our talk must match our walk, and that we must form the habit of choosing our faith values over our desires and feelings.

Father, help me today to live what I say I believe. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.