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We all are given the same amount of time in a day. We strive to be busy when it comes to the work of the church. Being busy is good but being effective bears fruit for the Kingdom. The difference between effectiveness and busy-ness is the result!

Effective Christians do what they say they will do. Matthew 5:37 says, “But let your Yes be Yes, and your No, No. For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” A Christian’s character should be of such integrity that their words can be believed. Before a Christian can be effective, a Christian must be credible.

Effective Christians will seek to improve their walk with Christ. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Improvement comes from asking “How am I doing?” “What am I missing?” Asking, seeking, and knocking are signs of growth. Internal persistence without external prodding will produce eternal rewards.

Effective Christians go the second mile. Matthew 5:41 says, “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” Going the second mile will require a first rate attitude. A large retail store once put the question “How may I help you?” on the back of the employee uniform. Effectiveness will not require us to announce our intention but demonstrate our willingness.

A barrier to effectiveness lies in giving reasons versus producing results. We must be motivated to grow and have a desire to serve. Are we are putting smiles on faces and lightening loads? Do we provide relief or shirk responsibility? Effectiveness requires efficiency which starts with our example. Are you effective or busy?

Allen Jones
Glasgow, KY

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