If we are not intentional in the kingdom of God, nothing happens.
At the moment my church is working through the Gospel of Luke. One particular Sunday I heard the phrase; ‘Jesus is intentional’ and it stayed in my mind for a long time. I was challenged and I had to agree, there was no doubt about it. Jesus is intentional.
Jesus was intentional about the things he did on a daily basis. He was intentional about the people He spoke to, who He called to follow Him, where He went, what He spoke about and what He revealed about Himself.
Jesus was intentional then, but He is also intentional now, He has not changed.
Intention has been described as;
‘In Scholastic logic and psychology, a concept used to describe a mode of being or relation between a mind and an object. In knowing, the mind is said to “intend” or “tend toward” its object, and a thing as known, or in the knowing mind, has “intentional being,” as with squaring the circle, which, though impossible, can be an object of intention’. –Merriam-Webster online.
I love this, the impression that the mind of God-Jesus is intended towards us. Or even the idea that we are an intentional being in the mind of God. WOW. Let’s pause and think about that.
There are several words that link to being intentional, and I believe they all point towards the goodness of our intentional God;
- Conscious- Jesus is conscious of us, of our life and our hearts desires. He is conscious of where we are right now, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
- Deliberate- Jesus was deliberate about drawing us into the kingdom of light and redeeming our lives from destruction.
- Designed- Jesus has a design for our lives, a grand design for every inhabitant of the Earth.
- Planned- Jesus has planned good things for our lives, so good in fact that the details would not even enter our minds unless the Holy Spirit specifically showed them to us
(1 Corinthians 2 v 9-12).
- Pre-arranged/Premeditated- Jesus has thought deeply about the things He wants to do with our life and in our lives. As a result, He has a master plan already prepared and pre-arranged for us (Ephesians 2 v 10).
- Studied- Jesus studies us, He knows us better than we know ourselves.
- Wilful- Jesus wills for us to live intentional lives.
Therefore, because Jesus is intentional and we are called to be like Him, we can be intentional.
We may cry out at times; ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ But Jesus’s answer remains the same; ‘You know the way to the place where I am going…’ (John 14 v 1- 5).
We can consciously live intentionally in our daily choices– where we go, who we go with, where we live, how we see the world, how we give, how we work, how we talk, what we do with our time and what we do with the word of God. What we do with Jesus.
Jesus is intentional…so we can be intentional too.
What is the intention of your life?