12 Habits Of Highly Effective Christians
There are many good and import habits that make life easier, safe time and help one to be more efficient and successful. Habits like keeping your living and working area clean and de-cluttered, being on time, eating healthy, exercising regularly, being mindful of your thoughts and words etc., to name just some.
Habits, as we know, are things done on a regular basis that develop over time into your character. While these good and general habits are worthwhile to develop for everyone, there are habits that are specifically meant for Christians to be developed.
Though there are more habits for Christians mentioned in the Bible, the focus in this article will be on the 12 cardinal habits for Christians to become highly effective.
But what do I mean with effective? The word indicates a successful intentional action, and it’s ripple effects towards a quality life, work and outreach. So, let’s look at these specific habits.
12 Habits For Becoming A Highly Effective Christian
1. Reading Your Bible Daily & Memorizing Bible Verses
Reading the Bible is important firstly to understand the will of God and to learn and understand His Principles and commandments This knowledge then works as a guide and ‘lamp’ for our daily living, the issues that come with it and the choices we have to make. Secondly, it is also nourishment to our souls through the encouragement and hope.
Memorizing Bible verses are not only a way to strengthen Bible knowledge, but also to ward off Satan with his strategies of deception and temptation, and to guide others. It’s also great to keep the brain active and boost the memory.
2. Praying Daily
Jesus took every opportunity to withdraw from the crowds to pray and have closeness with God. He started His days with prayers, as we ought too. The Bible actually speaks of ‘continual’ prayer (1 Tessalonians 5:17).
Praying often brings us not only closer with, but also shows our dependency on God. Praying develops with maturity. It is important to learn to pray along Scripture and with faith.
3. Worship Regularly
Worshipping honors God and shows our gratitude and love towards Him.
4. Quiet Time
In Samuel ‘quiet time’ is called to ‘sit before the LORD’ (2 Samuel 7:18), a time to be silent, to think, to listen, to be. It is an important habit, because it takes us out of the daily grind, gives us breathing and thinking room, and most of all, time to listen to God’s silent voice.
Regular fasting is an excellent way to develop self-control, to show that we are not in the claws of Satan, and to show God our dependency on Him.
6. Setting Spiritual Goals
While we are more used and easy with setting goals for our personal development, family life, business etc., many overlook to set spiritual goals.
However, as Christians, our goal has to be to grow in maturity and to develop strong roots. Neither happens by itself.
Spiritual goals range from intentionally developing the spiritual fruits, the personal spiritual gifts, holiness in thought, word and deed, the number of people to evangelize to, the number of Bible verses to memorize each week, etc.
7. Develop Your Own Talents & Spiritual Gifts
This habit is connected with the command to ‘encourage and admonish one another’ (1 Thessalonians 5:14). As we need others to support and encourage us to grow spiritually and to use our spiritual gifts to the fullest, so do we need to reciprocate this to fellow Christians.
8. Serving & Intentionally Using Your Spiritual Gifts
God gives each person individual gifts that we are supposed to use for the good of others. Just like Jesus was a servant, so do we need to develop a servant attitude.
Developing your spiritual gifts is also meant to be for the enhancement of the church body and body of Christ in general.
9. Fellowship Regularly
The Bible is very clear that as Christians we are meant to be like an organ of a body. An organ can’t survive on its own, and either can Christians. We can’t survive in isolation. Meeting regularly for fellowship brings closeness and develops strong relationships that allow encouragement, admonition and instruction.
In the Great Commandment we are unmistakably told to share the good news of the gospel. As Christians, we need to learn to go intentionally about it and to put this commandment on our agenda.
11. Cheerful Giving
Giving is twofold. It includes the willingness to give tithes, our time and other resources to our church family, and then also to give of one’s time, resources and money so others are helped and encouraged.
God is most pleased about cheerful giving. Money plays a special part, since it can easily become an idol. Money is a test to our character, our gratitude, and our understanding, that God owes it all.
12. Remaining Focused On Spiritual Vs. Worldly Things
The path to heaven is narrow (Matthew 7:13-14). As Christians, we need to have this in our mind’s forefront. Life often becomes heavily filled and sidetracked from worries and sorrows, or desires, of this World.
Now you know the 12 habits of highly effective Christians. Make them your own, become a highly effective Christian, and run with it!