What does it mean to be intentional? For that matter, how does being intentional apply to the Christian life? To be intentional means that there is purpose, thoughtfulness and care exercised in whatever we do. For certain, the theme of being intentional could fill many pages. So, rather than doing it all in one week, we shall take this and the next few weeks to ponder this point. The Model for us is Jesus. So, for this and the next few weeks, we shall look at Jesus’ intentional life.
Jesus was intentional in every way. He was intentional in his relationships that He established when he walked this earth. In His earthly ministry, Jesus always sought to restore and heal broken and fractured relationships. He was purposeful in each interaction.
To illustrate, a woman, caught in adultery and condemned by everyone, Jesus pardons and restores telling her: “Go and sin no more!” A crippled man, who was lowered through a hole in the roof of Peter’s house was healed. Jesus told him, “Get up, take your mat and go home” (Luke 5:24). Another man who had been possessed by demons and banished to lonely places, encounters Jesus and Jesus heals him. Later, that same man was found in the city, clothed and of sound mind.
Common to all of the preceding examples and all others in the Gospels is the truth that in Jesus, wholeness is restored. It is His will that we be restored in relationship to Him and to each other. For His disciples, Jesus prayer in John 17 is an intentional one. He prays that they might be one –in spirit and purpose. The book of Acts is a record of the Intentional ministry of the apostles –actively carrying out what Jesus had taught and lived out in their presence. They studied together. They practiced fellowship together. They drew others into their fellowship. They, healed the sick in the power of the Holy Spirit, all of these things were done for the sole purpose of their devotion to Jesus.
As Jesus was intentional in his relationships -restoring fractured lives, and empowered the disciples to do the same, he calls you and me. Are you intentional in your relationship with Jesus? What ways do you see that you could be more purposeful in your Christian life? I encourage you, in the wake of Easter, to ask Jesus to help you to discover your purpose in this life and carry it out to the fullest!
In the Love of Jesus, Rob+