Living intentionally for Jesus is becoming more like Him, every day. Accomplishing this is a daily and personal commitment to reading His Word, prayer, obedience, and carefully listening to the Holy Spirit. My desire and goal is a constant pursuit to be made like Christ, and that requires daily dying to self to where I become unconsciously Christ-like.
Living intentionally means inviting Jesus into every part of my life and not just what I choose to give. It means the daily decision of leaving my old identity behind to pursue the freedom that is found only in Christ. I do this through daily surrendering of my will and replacing it with God’s desires.
Intentional living means I am purposefully seeking the truth that comes from the Word and guidance from the Holy Spirit to live a righteous life. It means deliberately inserting God’s will over my own free will. I know it takes devouring the words of God’s truth in order to build a cloak of armor that is ready to fight Satan’s battles against us. It means forever praying to maintain all of what it means to be intentional, as it can be exhausting, and this can lead to less joy in performing God’s work. Romans 3:23 reminds me, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I know I am human and will fail, but the important message to cling to is Romans 11:36, “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be glory forever! Amen.”
Living intentionally for Jesus means finding peace and goodness in the 'messy middle' of life walking lovingly alongside others exactly where they are in each season. We're all on the same path, but in different parts of the journey. Living intentionally means honoring and cherishing where each of us is coming from and where we're headed. Living intentionally means choosing hope with every new breath we've been given from above.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field."