The last post introduced this idea of, “Purposeful Intentionality”. When we look at the life of Christ, it’s marked by, “Purposeful Intentionality”. In John 5:16-19 we see a pretty good snapshot of “Purposeful Intentionality” from two perspectives. Same situation, two very different purposes and intentions.
16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
The Son can only do what he sees his father doing… because whatever the Father does, the Son does also. Now that’s intentional! And with a purpose! He simply did whatever the Father does. Perfect intentions. Perfect purpose. Perfect.
If Jesus lived a life of purposeful intentionality, should we strive for anything less? Of course, we will fall short. Of course, we won’t have a perfect track record. Yet, there a few things that we can do to live with more intention and purpose.
Warning: Before we look at the application of purposeful intentionality, consider how purposefully intentional the Jewish leaders were in this story as they looked for reasons to accuse Jesus (see vs. 16). Or consider Saul. There can be little argument that Saul was hyper focused on what he believed to be his purpose. He was VERY intentional. After he experienced a radical change that redirected his purpose, he was once again very intentional in all that he did. You see, Jesus can take wrong directions, purposes, intentions, hearts, lives and make them new. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Are there things that God is putting on your heart lately? You sense He’s inviting you into fellowship with Him more; through time with Him, His Word and prayer. And let’s pretend that its been a while since you spent much time in any of these.
Here’s a few practical steps to begin a new habit or routine.
Make it easy.
Make it visual.
Make it rewardable.
Want to read the Bible more? Want to have more conversations with God?
Make it easy. Start with a simple activity. Maybe read a chapter a day.
Make it visual. Lay out your Bible on the kitchen table before you go to bed. You’ll see it as you grab that cup of coffee in the morning.
Make it rewardable. Once it’s done, grab that second cup of coffee while you mark it off on the calendar.
Create momentum. Each day, each step, strung together over the month. The simple act of one step after another. Miss a day? No sweat. Miss two days, you’ll probably miss three. Momentum over. Momentum never stands still, it is either alive or dead.
Right now, with all of the busy-ness and activity surrounding you… with all of the things vying for your attention, rest on this: Your Father is highly intentional in all the He does. He is highly purposeful in all that He does. And He is a good, good Father. A Father that will stop at nothing to deliver the best of gifts to His children, to you.