We are faced with hundreds of choices every day — some little, some big. What to eat for lunch doesn’t take much effort, but what to do to live intentional is HUGE! How does one even begin to live on purpose rather than just coast on life’s seas? I can honestly say I’ve lived both and there is one hidden matter of the heart that is unavoidable when living intentional. I’ll save that for later, but stay with me for a moment.
When it comes to living intentional it does require a good hard look at your everyday decisions. However, in doing just that I’ve approached these decisions in the past the same way I would approach a New Year’s resolution. It went something like this. I would talk myself into something grand for a few weeks to build up the momentum. After the weeks of pep-talk, it’s go-time at full throttle. However, after hitting turbulence somewhere a couple of months down the road I would get knocked off course only to find I was exhausted and feeling pretty bad myself. Does this sound familiar?
I would like to propose a different approach, and it requires us to go below the deck and really begin to look at a matter of the heart. This matter may be invisible to the one passing by, but its the piece that steers the ship and helps it stay the course. This matter of the heart is your identity!
You see, vision starts with identity. What you believe about yourself and Jesus in whom you believe will be lived out daily. It will be the natural lean that directs your thoughts and decisions. Through a revolution in our identity, we can then begin thinking with divine purpose. Such a change begins with a revelation of Jesus!
Jesus began His ministry from Identity at His baptism. The Father declared, “This is my Son, in Whom I’m well pleased. Shortly after this, Jesus spoke confirming His mission statement in Luke 4:18 which was in agreement of the Father’s declaration over Him.
The Bible says, we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus and we are seated In Christ in heavenly places! In other words, not only are we chosen and loved but we also share Christ’s identity as the beloved sons and daughters of God.
Let’s embrace the Fathers declaration over us today and LIVE INTENTIONAL!
“Then Jesus came close to them and said, “All the authority of the universe has been given to me. Now wherever you go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.””
Matthew 28:18-20 TPT
- What does it personally mean to you to live intentional?
- What can you do this week to intentionally witness to someone?
- What can we do as a small group to invite to our group next week?
- Let’s start praying each week for open doors for witnessing and inviting.