Part 5 Effectivness
Notice each of our values are the noun form of the word. We’re not just learning behavior (verb/action) we’re possessing a thing, something from the inside out!
Effectiveness Producing a desired or intended or result; the capability of producing a desired result or the ability to produce desired output. When something is deemed effective, it means it has an intended or expected outcome, or produces a deep, vivid impression.
Q: What was/is God’s intended result for mankind?
Q: What does an effective life for a believer look like?
A: Of course, we would always point to Christ but let’s first take a look at God’s original desire, intent and outcome for man through the story of Adam and Eve.
Genesis 2:4-7 (NKJV)
This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
I pray that today’s message
transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation
and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit
renew our minds and transform our lives in the name of Jesus.
- Predetermined/Desired Outcome
- Intentional Plan
- Evaluate Effectiveness Based on Actual Outcome
- Make Appropriate Changes
Q: What does an effective Christian life look like. Let’s go all the way back to God’s original plan.
Q: What was God’s original plan, intent and purpose for the very first people, Adam and Eve, in the Garden?
Adam and Eve
- To Be Like the God
Genesis 1:26-27 (NKJV)
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
God designed us to have His characteristics and attributes and for a time we did. But then man failed!
But God already had the solution to man’s dilemma…
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This is dominion and rulership according to Christ!
- To be of no reputation
- To be a servant
- To humble ourselves
- To die to ourselves
- To allow God to do the exalting (no self-exaltation)
Jesus showed us how a man could be like God on the earth!
We are to demonstrate the attributes of Christ in our daily lives!
Adam and Eve had God’s attributes in Paradise.
Jesus had God’s attributes in a cursed world.
An effective life is a life patterned after Christ!
- To Be Blessed of God
An effective life is a life blessed of God!
Genesis 1:28-31 (NKJV)
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Q: What does blessed of God mean?
To be fruitful
Matthew 7:16-20 (NKJV)
You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
Hebrew for Multiply is rä·vä’ meaning: is the case of Adam and Eve to literally populate the earth. In the case of today’s Christian, to increase the name and presence of Christ on the earth.
Adam and Eve did a great job populating the planet, now our job is to fill the earth with the glory of the Lord by living effective Christian lives and being a light in the darkness!
29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
God will provide everything you need to do the work He has called you to do, IF, you do it HIS way!
31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good….
An effective life that is blessed of God will be fruitful and multiply the Kingdom!
- To Do a Work for the Lord
To do the work the Lord has for you in the only truly effective life!
2 Timothy 1:9 (NKJV)
… who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began…
God has called you to a Holy calling and He has purposed and graced you to do that work before time began, but it is not your work, it’s His work.
Emphasize the word “our” rather than “works” and you get a very different meaning. This is not a condemnation of works but an indictment of “our work” instead of “God’s work” through you!
James 2:17 (NKJV)
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Works of the flesh or works of the law are dead, but works of faith produce life!
God had a work for Adam and Eve!
Genesis 2:5 (NKJV)
… before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground;
God actually held back the rain in anticipation of Adam and Eve’s arrival in the Garden!
Genesis 2:15 (NKJV)
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.
Q: How were Adam and supposed to have that sort of knowledge?
To tend or till is the same Hebrew word and it means to serve or work.
Q: How could Adam and Eve know how to do the work God made them to do?
A: It would take faith… total trust in God!
God never intended for man to do anything out of His on knowledge but to work and serve and live by faith!
Q: Do you find that hard to believe?
John 5:19 (NKJV)
Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
Q: Still finding the idea difficult?
John 5:30 (NKJV)
I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
According to scripture, all knowledge falls into two categories, good and evil. Adam and Eve to possessed neither!
Genesis 2:9 (NKJV)
And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
They did nothing of themselves, but what they saw the Father do; for whatever He did, they also did in like manner.
God taught Adam and Eve how to tend His Garden! He’ll teach you how to do what He has called and purposed you how to do also and that is what an effective Christian life looks like… a life of faith in God!
Prayer for Congregation to live effective lives according to God’s will for each of us.
Invitation for Salvation
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