Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 12, 2012

What does it mean to be intentional with Jesus Christ?  We can choose to be intentional in everything we do but I am talking about being intentional in the only thing that matters.  Christ was specific about how to lead an intentional life.  He walked it all the way to the cross.  Did He waver?  Well, just like us, He was tempted but because He was one with God, there was victory.

I am sure that you have heard the phrase, live your life intentionally.  There is a radio ministry on living intentionally that I just heard the other day.  We have the book by Rick Warren, "A Purpose Driven Life."  And then if you're really seeking, you can open up the Bible.  It's full of people trying to be intentional.

As I listened to the radio program, I had an epiphany.  It really came from me thinking about what it means to be intentional and seeking God's guidance.  The definition is, done with intention or on purpose.  So, if we are to lead an intentional life, we must choose to do so.  Interesting!  And yet, we must also understand what it means.  I'm not just talking about the definition; I'm talking about the application. Now, I'm not a Biblical scholar but didn't Jesus say, "seek first the kingdom."  So, if that's the case, do we need to make intentional decisions or should we go before Him, seeking His will?  

I believe that if we seek first His kingdom, which is in His will, everything else will unfold exactly as it's supposed.  How do we do that?  We read the Bible and we pray.  There's a reason why Christ gave His disciples the Lord's prayer and there's a reason we pray it.  So if you're struggling with how to be intentional, spend time with our Lord.  He will direct you on your path.  He will show you the way and in the end; you will know that you've been intentional.  If you're making decisions on your own or willing yourself to live intentionally, all will be lost without Jesus.

How do I know?  Because I try to seek the kingdom at all times.  Of course, I fall short, as we all do, but my desire is to seek His will and as I do that intentionally; He guides me on the right path.  I don't have all the answers and either do millions of authors, but for those of us that understand the power of the cross, we have the only one that matters.

Matthew 6:33-34 NKJV:

    But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Jesus spoke these words and if we think about them and meditate on them, there is our definition of intentional living!  I pray that you all will look upon these words and see Christ's hands on your lives.  We must choose Him first and He will lead us.  

My prayer today:

Lord continue to reveal to us your intention for our lives.  Give us a heart to seek Your kingdom and Your righteousness daily.  When we worry, may we surrender our thoughts and fears to You and in all things may we give them to You.  In Matthew, You tell us that we must first seek Your kingdom, so today we come before asking You to help us as we seek.  Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  We want to be intentional, but to do that, we must have time to come before You.  Provide the time and sense of mind to become one with You daily.  We thank you for Your words of wisdom, without them we would truly be lost.  AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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