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God is Efficient
June
2012

          Last month we went into much detail about how much God hates sin and how He reacts to it.  We detailed why the atonement is so important an action.  The atonement not only forgives sin but deals with sin by placing the sinner in a position so that God can start changing him into His divine nature.  We also chronicled different aspects of holiness, what holiness is and what it is not, so that we can better understand a believer’s newly created character, and the journey in which that new character is going to lead him.  This journey started with the necessity for atonement and will end when believers go home to be with the Lord and are glorified.  The action in which God initiated and is now completing is the perfect demonstration of His efficiency.

          Efficiency is another attribute or characteristic of God’s love.  Efficiency is rooted in love and it consists of two aspects which are “cause and effect.”  Whatever the “cause” that energizes me to choose a course of action, that action must be one that arrives at a desired goal in the most efficient manner possible.  For if I honestly intend a thing, I cannot but make efforts to accomplish that which I intend (effect), provided that I believe the thing is possible.            When love or compassion is the supreme choice, preference, or intent of the soul, it is impossible that it should not produce efforts in the most efficient manner in its pursuit.  Cause and effect, is the energizing force of all the outward activity we take in life.  Some cause has energized all of us to have chosen some path to take whether it be for or own gratification, or for the highest good of mankind. 

          God’s love forced Him and must force those who follow Him to act when presented with any circumstance (cause), good or evil.  This forced action requires a choice.  That choice or intention when weighed against the depth of the circumstances forces ones highest effort in order to accomplish those intentions (effect).  Efficiency is the attribute in which love plus circumstance produces.  Efficiency is the noun form of the word “efficient.”  It is the act of producing effects.”  Efficiency as stated earlier has two aspects;

1.     The first is the “cause” it is that which produces a choice of action;

2.     The second is the “effect” that which is produced by those intended actions. 

          One aspect of God’s efficiency is the action birthed out of God’s divine nature of love in response to the desperate, deadly and inescapable circumstance of man due to his sinful nature (cause).  It was this situation that led God to give His only begotten son up to be crucified, and that led His Son to give Himself for us willingly, so that “whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (effect) (John 3:16b). 

          Since God’s love was necessary, active and efficient in putting forth the effort to secure our salvation and ultimate glorification, it follows that all who are truly His, will and must be active and efficient in promoting the same salvation in others.  Love is then the essential active principle, and the most efficient way that we must portray and demonstrate for the unsaved to come to know Him.  God’s efficiency, which we are to emulate, is not merely good desire, but it is good-willing.  Desiring to do something means nothing without the willingness to make an effort to accomplish that which is desired. 

          In the case of God’s benevolence toward mankind God’s efficiency produced outward actions, in the same way it produced inward feelings; that efficiency applies pressure on His intellect as well as all His natural attributes to take action on our behalf.  His love for us and His desire to fellowship with us was the mainspring that moved God’s mighty power to produce the heavens above. It was that efficient benevolence that hung them out and still sustains the stars and the worlds in their orbits.  It was that same efficiency that caused God to first put forth His creative power.  It is that same efficiency producing the same power, for the same reason even today that is still energizing God to continue until His end is realized. The same power that still energizes Him energizes the Christian as well. One principle moves them all, and that principle is love for all mankind.

          Since love’s very nature, is active and efficient in putting forth efforts to secure whatever end it deems best for all mankind and since that end is God’s highest good, it only follows that all who are truly Christian will, and must, be active in endeavoring to promote the greatest good in his sphere of influence.  Now while human effort is possible to a Christian, and should be as natural to him as his breath, he has within him the very heart, mind and power of God to efficiently set in motion the promotion of God’s highest good. While any Christian has life and activity in him, it will, and it must, be directed to this end. Let this never be forgotten.  An idle or inactive Christian is an inefficient Christian!  This should never be!     True Christianity is an essentially active lifestyle, and when and while one exists on this earth, one must exercise and manifest that lifestyle by efficient actions. It is not merely good desire, but it is good-willing. Men may have desires, and hope and live on them, without making efforts to realize them. This should not be so! 

          God’s efficiency should be our pattern of efficiency.  That means being well organized, competent, and resourceful, making the most of every situation, doing ones best for others first by always seeking better ways to be a Christian. It means knowing that God will hold us accountable for what is presented to us as well as for all we do with it.  It means being better stewards of our time, making our lives well-organized so we are capable of doing our best to serve God and others. God’s efficiency allows us to do work in a more orderly way, always seeking the best way and means in all that we do from our errands, to organizing our worship services, in order to achieve the greatest effectiveness (Psalm 90:12; 1st Corinthians 14:26-35; 40; Ephesians 4:23; 5:15- 16; 1st Peter 4:10).

          God’s efficiency and the journey we are called to travel is not a site seeing tour filled with wondrous sites, pleasant food, abundant provision and beautiful people. This journey is long, arduous, dangerous and at times expensive.  It is filled with pitfalls, deceptions, and disappointments.  The people we meet along the way are lost, blind, unpleasant and hurtful, but filled with abundant blessings.  Many people we meet along the way are not at a place where pleasantries are the norm; instead pleasantries are the last thing on their minds.  What, must be realized is when we meet these people it is God who ordained the meeting and that for two important reasons, in which God uses in order to begin to understand the efficiency of God.

          The first important reason for the meeting is for our benefit.  We can learn from them, they allow us to see where we have come from, how much we have grown, they can teach us things like perseverance, mercy, understanding, and patience, all of which are aspects of God’s very nature.  In short these unsaved and unpleasant people can through their faults teach us about ourselves as well as the very nature of God.  Peter describes this journey like this in 1st Peter 1:13-16.  He says; “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (14) as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; (15) but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, (16) because it is written, “BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” 

          Peter goes on to say, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (10) who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (11) Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, (12) having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1st Peter 2:9-12). “…that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  (5)  But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, (6) to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, (7) to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (8) For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2nd Peter
1:4b-8
)

          Children of God “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation” (Ref. Isaiah 52:7).

          The second important reason why God places these individuals in our path is for their benefit.  Believers are God’s ambassadors here on earth. Since as we discussed earlier, love is essential and by its very nature efficient and active in putting forth our best labors in the pursuit of lost souls, how can we as Christians (Christ-like) shirk our responsibilities and not do all to secure the best for those who know not God.  Brethren know this that our effort in this matter is voluntary however; it should be as natural as breathing.  God has placed within His children the heart, desire, understanding, authority and anointing directed at achieving this highest good for the world.  We must never forget this.  An idle, inactive, inefficient Christian is a misnaming of the nature of an individual.  Notice why, “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, (19) that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (20) Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. (21) For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2nd Corinthians 5:18 – 21).

          How can these lost and dying individuals ever come to know our loving Father; if it were not for His children telling and demonstrating His love to them?  “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (15) And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace, who brings glad tidings of good things!” (16) But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says; “Lord, who has believed our report?” (17) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:14-17).

          Efficiency equates to good organization, so, we need to see its importance and then make every effort to learn how to work together collectively as a community of believers (Ephesians 4:1~). We will become more effective in our faith, and in the spread of the Gospel.     We are to take a look at our desires and make sure they line up with His precepts. If they do not, we must change our way of thinking. Then we can create a plan to put our gifts, resources, and abilities into action in a logical, orderly way. We need to be able to see that our efforts to be better organized will make us more efficient and we will reap the benefits by having a better and more enjoyable life. We will have more time to work on relationships, and we will see what a precious privilege it is to serve God and others in a better way. We should desire to be our best so we can live a life that is effective because it glorifies God, as well as having our best interests in mind as well. Our efforts are to be focused to benefit the entire community around us, from family, friends, church, community, and the rest of the world.

          When we are for any reason governed by reckless excitement and enthusiasm for the wrong things, we will surely miss the great things that God has for us. Let us strive to be Christians who are well ordered. We can be well organized, and not run in so many directions that we end up going nowhere. Let us be steadfast in our trust and obedience, and put forth the effort necessary to be the best representative of God and His intentions for mankind we can.

          Here are positive examples of efficiency from Scripture:
          Exodus 18:13-27; 35:30-36:7; Proverbs 31:10-31; Luke 5:4-7; Acts 6:1-7; 1st Corinthians 12:4-31;
          Ephesians 4:11-16
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          Here are negative examples of efficiency from Scripture:
          Matthew 7:26-27; 25:14-30; Luke 13:6-9; 14:25-33; 15:11-17
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