Thursday, February 9, 2012

I'll do it on Purpose

I re-learned a new word this weekend while attending a women’s conference.  Intentional” I shared it with my girlfriends at bible study Tuesday night. Intentional simply means “done with intention or on purpose.” The context of the reintroduction to this word in my life was offered as a challenge to be more intentional regarding the spiritual discipline it requires to walk intimately with Christ.  To be intentional regarding my prayer life, bible study, ministry.  It seems like a simple concept really… in word. However, as I thought about actually putting this into practice and seeing it through, I knew it would require some work.  I don’t know about you but thinking I have to “work at being a better christian” kinda makes me feel guilty.  Like I really don’t want to make it a priority but I’m making myself ya know?  And with that said, then I have to ask it genuine?  Shouldn’t we as a child of God want to pray..want to study our bible..want to minister to those around us?  I mean that comes as part of the package right? It’s kinda suppose to penetrate our hearts and minds instantaneously at our prayer of surrender and acceptance and we become somewhat of a super hero for Jesus.  Problem is, somewhere along the way we hang our cape up and go on hiatus.  Our vacation destination is the world and it becomes our priority.  Prayer, bible study and ministry become the “if I can work it into my schedule sort of thing.”  We go through life trying to balance it all and wonder why our spiritual relationship with Christ is still at the “Hi, Jesus..I’m _________ nice to meet you. I’ve heard a lot about you and someday…I’d really like to find the time to get to know you better.  I hear I’m supposed to end up where you are eventually.  You understand right?  I mean I have this job..and my kids and my spouse..and don’t forget I have to work church in there somewhere and then there’s all these activities we participate in.  I’m tired Lord.  I promise I’ll get around to you though..someday. I think the Lord is saddened by our priorities and where he may or may not fit into our day.  The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” Genesis 6:6.  He tells us very clearly where he fits in our day. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33  How do I accomplish this?  How do I seek him first?  By being INTENTIONAL.  By doing it on purpose. By intending to make him first. 

The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
John 12:25-26 NIV

What about you?  Will you commit to being more intentional?  To serve God and know him more… (on purpose?)