And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
I was having a conversation yesterday with friends in a religious setting. One of them mentioned the need for being intentional in our walk with the Lord. I asked, “Isn’t everyone?” I was mildly surprised when they chorused together, “No.” That set me to thinking…
Intentionality is defined as “done by intention and design” and “done on purpose.” So I ask myself and you, Are we intentional in our walk with the Lord? Do we purposefully seek and choose God’s will above our own even down to the little daily sacrifices that are required in a disciple? Do our lives express the lordship of Jesus Christ or is spirituality an “add-on”?
I challenge you to look at the ways you are intentionally following Jesus today. Then look at the ways in which you indulge yourself. While our human nature may be weak and riddled with failure, we can submit to Christ asking him to constantly increase in us while helping the “me” in us to decrease. It’s up to us to decide whether or not we will be intentional. And then the Holy Spirit will grace us to become everything God wants us to be.
Father, thank you for the reminders your Holy Spirit gives us through friends. Help us to choose your will and your way more and more each day so that everyone sees more and more of you in us, your children. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.