When is the last time you complimented someone? Okay, now when is the last time you complimented someone and meant the compliment? If you recalled two different interactions to those questions, then this read is for you, and well if you recalled the same interaction for both questions then this read is still for you.
Regardless of your answers, I hope this makes you think back to a time that you were truly intentional with your actions and words. Of course, you might be thinking ‘well maybe I did not 100% mean the compliment, but it was still a nice thing to say right?’ Well sure, but that’s like saying ‘well I go to church every Sunday and I don’t listen to the sermon really, but at least I still went right?’ This all plays into part with being intentional not only in your everyday actions, but with your walk with God.
I think this all ties in to the idea of the Lord has a plan. A plan for each and everyone of us, and it is up to us to have faith in His plan and learn to walk in His ways. In order to do that however, it all starts with intentional living. You see the Bible tells us to spread the Gospel and to love others like God loves us. This can be done through words, expressing to someone words of affirmation, sympathy, affection, etc.
However, when you say those words to someone you should really mean what you say, because Jesus really meant what he said in Mark 16:15-16 “and he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” These words weren’t said to sound cool or to make Jesus feel better about himself, they were said because He meant them, He was and still is intentional.
Being intentional can also be done through your actions. When you go to Church on Sunday, you go because you actually want to be there. When you get up and go to school or work, you go and commit to your work with purpose. Colossians 4:5 says, “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of time.” Soon others will notice how you are intentional in all that you do, you won’t be aimlessly floating through life, you’ll be soaking up every moment you can with purpose. This should lead into being intentional with your walk with God. So, whether you are simply thanking someone for a kind action or your praying about something occurring in your life, let every moment be an intentional one. God intentionally created you with a plan and purpose in mind, now go out intentionally and seek that purpose.
Posted on Thu, September 12, 2019
by Tyler Williamson