Fresh Hope – 11th September 2019

Intentionality means ‘to be deliberate or act on purpose’.

The opposite of being intentional is to be complacent, and indifferent. It is to ‘go with the flow’, holding the attitude of ‘whatever will be will be’. It is to live without a clear goal or purpose in mind.

The problem with this attitude, as ‘easy-going’ as it may seem, is that pretty quickly life gets a hold of you, rather than you having a hold on life. Being unintentional leads to distraction, wasted time, and arrival at a place that you didn’t plan to be in…simply because you had no plan in the first place!

Of course we can’t always control life, but God has given us clear direction on EVERY possible area of life according to His word.

Ephesians 5:15-17 says, ‘Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time… Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is’.

To live out our purpose means living intentionally. There is a responsibility on us to steward whatever is in our hands. Part of stewardship is to have a plan, purpose and some intentionality in handling what we have been given.

Are we intentional in how we manage our money, our health, our relationships, our job, our prayers, our marriage, and the people we work with? Do we approach these things with a clear mission in mind? Do we know where we are heading with these things? Or do we just let these things happen?

I would encourage you to take some time, even just once a year, to sit down and ask yourself some intentional questions, to encourage intentional living:

-Who has God put around me at work? How can I be intentional in showing them the love of God?

– What has God blessed me with? How can I now go and intentionally bless others?

– What is my mind constantly dwelling on? How can I be more intentional in my thought life, rather than just letting thoughts run wild in my head?

– Am I intentional and choice with my words or does my mouth just free-flow?

– Where am I going with my study of the Bible? Do I have a plan or am I just floating from scripture to scripture?

– Who are my friends? Who is having the most influence on me at the moment? How can I be intentional about choosing the right people to be in my life?

– Am I specific in my prayers? Or do I just ask for general roundabout things?

– Do I actively prioritise the health of my soul, or do I just let life happen as my body and heart tries to keep up? What do I need to put in my calendar so my health is a priority and I’m intentional in looking after it?

When God made you, He had a plan, He was intentional with His plan and design in creating you (Jeremiah 29:11). Let us now live our lives with the intentionality we were designed to carry.  

Ephesians 2:10 says, ‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’.

Emma Burchell

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