My wife and I attended the Stronger Together Marriage conference this past weekend. Many things stood out to me throughout the two-day event, but God definitely showed me something else beyond just learning about my strengths in marriage. Specifically, He told me something about intentionality.
I was reminded that God was very intentional and deliberate when he created us. We are all different, bringing different strengths and weakness to every relationship and everything we do. We truly are uniquely made, one of a kind, created with a specific purpose in mind. And if we are to be imitators of God, then shouldn’t intentionality also be a defining factor in our lives?
The Bible tells us that our life is nothing more than a vapor. (James 4:14, Job 7:16, Psalm 39:5, Psalm 144:4). The Psalms tell us that Moses prayed, “teach us to number our days” because he understood that life is short and that we should “be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16).
Controlled by our sinful nature, we are like a car whose wheels are out of alignment. We must constantly fight being pulled toward the distractions of everyday life and away from the role God designed us to play, away from living a God-honoring, righteous life.
Our culture teaches us that if we aren’t busy, we aren’t productive, we aren’t being successful, and we aren’t providing our children with the needed experiences that will help them in the future. But busy doesn’t necessarily equal productive, successful, or necessary.
At CIBOLOCREEK we are in the middle of a series of messages that poses the question, would you anyway? Would you follow Jesus if he asked you to do something that was unpopular, dangerous, costly, or inconvenient? I know that I, and suspect most of you, might say, “I would love to but I don’t have time.” But if our busyness keeps us from doing what God has called us to, isn’t it coming in between us and our obedience to Christ? Therefore, if we truly want to follow Christ, we must be intentional with our time and money, and it makes sense that sometimes we must say no to some good things so that we can say yes to the best things.
We have to ask ourselves: what’s most important in my life? What do I value most? Does my schedule and bank account reflect that? If not, what can I do? How do I begin to be intentional with the my passing vapor of a life?
When faced with an opportunity, I have ask myself one big question: is it wise? In light of what I value most, in light of God’s Word, in light of eternity, and in light of Jesus calling me to follow him, is it a good idea?
Like me, maybe you need to begin to evaluate whether or not you are making the most of every opportunity instead of just chasing every opportunity that comes along. If we are more intentional with our time and space, we give God an opportunity to work in and through us in the unique ways He has called us to obedience.
For some great resources about making intentional space for obedience, take a look at these:
“Margin” Series by Craig Groeschel, available at Life.Church
“Take It To The Limit” Series by Andy Stanley, available on RightNow Media
“Margin” Book by Richard Swenson, available on Amazon