Your life consists of the small decisions you make every day.
Your life is defined as how you spend your time.
As a Christian, what should be our life about?
At the end of our lives, when we finally lie down on our death bed, can we really have the confidence to say that we have done our part and fought the good fight?
At the end of it all, what really matters in our life?
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As we come to the last chapter of this blog series, it is worth reviewing the seven habits of a highly effective Christian. These are the following:
- The Habit of Praying
- The Habit of Studying the Bible
- The Habit of Fasting
- The Habit of Overcoming Sin
- The Habit of Attending Church
- The Habit of Developing the Fruit of the Holy Spirit
- The Habit of Preaching the Gospel
Now, I’m not saying that these are all the habits of effective Christians. I even love to see you add more to this list.
However, I am sure that these habits are the most fundamental and powerful concepts that you should have in your life.
As you can see, all these habits are action verbs. Being an effective Christian is not something we achieve when we comfortably lie down on our couch and aimlessly flicker through the channels of our TVs.
Being an effective Christian means to be active, not passive; to be doing, and not just hearing; to be the “dent makers” and not just spectators.
To be an effective Christian means to come out from our comfort zone and do what needs to be done.
We are not to just comfortably sit in our chairs, fold our arms, and wait for someone to do God’s work.
We have enough lukewarm Laodiceans. What we need more are zealous Philadelphians!
At the final analysis, what you read and learned from this blog series boils down to nothing if you don’t apply them in your life.
No matter how inspired or motivated you are because of these blogs, you still need to translate how you feel into something that you actually do!
Carefully meditate and understand what James has to say about this subject. He said:
“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the IMPLANTED WORD, which is able to save your souls.
But be DOERS OF THE WORD, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, THIS ONE WILL BE BLESSED IN WHAT HE DOES” (James 1:21-25).
James here is telling us that if you just hear the words of God and don’t do it, then you are just deceiving yourself.
It is not enough to just believe, but that belief must be coupled with action.
We are like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and basically just forgets what he knows if we don’t follow through what we learned.
It is not the academic knowledge of the Word of God that will save you; it is your action and the grace of God.
If we stay faithful and doer of the Word, God has already pronounced a blessing for us.
A great reward awaits those who have developed the habit of effective Christians, and we can have the confidence that when we are resurrected at the return of Christ, we can have the crown of life given to us.
To be able to develop the godly habits mentioned in this book, you need to be CONSISTENT.
Habits are not developed overnight. It needs to be regularly done until it becomes deeply ingrained in our sub-consciousness.
Yes, there will be things that will get us side-tracked.
There will be things that will distract us and cause us to lose focus, but we need to remember that as long as we honestly know we are doing our best, God will always be there to supply the things that we lack.
Finally, bear in mind that you cannot do it alone.
Striving to be an effective Christian is a serious matter, and it is not something we must take lightly.
The road ahead of us is bumpy and under construction.
We must not commit the mistake of believing that we can accomplish this humongous task by ourselves. We NEED the help of God and Jesus Christ.
That’s why we must constantly be connected with them – to be connected with the highest Authority and most supreme Power in this vast universe.
Yes, our human frailty may fail us.
Our spirit may be strong, but our flesh is weak.
And when that happens, know that God is always there to give us strength and encourage us to carry on.
Because at the end of it all, being an effective Christian has its reward both in this lifetime and the life to come.
We must realize that it is an HONOR to serve the ever-living God and to suffer for that cause is the best way to suffer with meaning in this life.
Being an effective Christian may bring us in situations that are inconvenient, difficult, and dangerous, but God has promised us that He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us.
So hold on, keep the faith, and continue steadfastly in fighting the good fight.
We may be last today, but we will be first in the Kingdom (Matthew 20:16).
May we all strive to be part of God’s Kingdom and DEVELOP the seven powerful habits of effective Christians.
And hopefully on that fateful day, when Christ finally returns here on earth, we will hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant… Enter into the joy of the Lord!”