God desires us to live a life of purpose. He desires us to be INTENTIONAL with our life and invest in eternity for His name and renown. As Christians, we are to glorify Him. “But how? I’m so busy. Who has time to glorify Him?” Let me share with you something that was passed on to me from an older man. This is like “one beggar telling another beggar where the food is.” I’m praying that you will continue to learn how to be INTENTIONAL with your life for the Lord and His purposes. Prioritize yourself in this manner…
7 ways to be intentional with your week (ranked in order)
- Who is your Master? Who/What do you worship? Jesus states, ““No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matt 6:24)
- Therefore, organize your time this week to be intentional to grow in your faith! Ask the question, “What plan do I have to grow this week?” What will you do for your quiet times? What verses will you hide in your heart? How will you pray and who will you pray for? Are you confessing your sins and being filled with the Holy Spirit? Christianity is a DAILY walk with the Lord. Something to be intentional with…
- Mate: This places the person that God has given to love and cherish at the highest priority in your life under God. If you are the man, you are to lead, guide, and spiritually shepherd your wife. How? Ephesians 5:26 explains, “by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word.” Your mate is your primary ministry. If things are not right between you and your mate, your prayers are hindered (1 Peter 3:7)!
- Family Man: If you have a wife/husband, your family also fits into this category. If you have kids, you are to disciple your kids in the way of the Lord. This is your ministry that you will be held accountable for before the Lord. You are to love your mate so fervently that your family will take comfort and rest secure that Daddy loves Mommy and he/she is never going anywhere.
- Family: If you don’t have a mate, this means that your family is of utmost importance. Pursue your Mom and Dad! Ask them out for a coffee! Call them on the phone! Be intentional with your relationship with them. Care for your brothers and sisters. God has given them to you.
- Where are your men? That is the question. Are you discipling the next generation? Girls-Are you taking a younger gal in the faith under your wing and “imparting the word and imparting your life” (I Thess 2:8)? Guys-Are you pouring your life into any man/men…weekly? What is your plan this week? Discipleship is never apart from the word, never apart from your life.
- 2 Timothy 2:2 is the vision of Paul in his discipleship of Timothy. Note: When you are reading this verse, ask yourself, “How many generations of disciples did Paul have in mind when he was teaching Timothy?” (“Now the things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men who will in turn teach others.”)
- “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment.”
- God honors excellence. He desires us to be “lifelong learners”. Do you bloom where you are planted? In other words, if you are a student, are you lazy in the classroom or do you honor the Lord with doing well and striving with all of your energy to please Him? Your education is what the Lord has called you to! It is God’s will for your life! (hah!) So don’t say, “Nah…I won’t study for that test because I haven’t had a quiet time yet!” That is silly! What we are trying to encourage you to do is be intentional to plan. Plan a week ahead to do both! If this is a priority as well as your relationship with the Lord, maybe you don’t need to go to your friend’s house or go to that movie… This is why we pray for wisdom and the Spirit’s guidance to make decisions. This is why we’re intentional…
- It’s important to take care of your body! Work out! Would it be a good lifestyle/witness if you have a quiet time everyday for 3 hours, yet only ate Cheetos and Skittles. No! You would weigh 800 pounds, die at an early age, and have a whole lot of cavities along the way! Be intentional to work out. So an easy thing to do (and to “hit two birds with one stone” is to listen to a sermon on your Smartphone and go on a run.)
- This is a part of life! However, it should not be something that looms over our head and steals our joy. Embrace that God has given material possessions to use, take care of, and honor him with. Be intentional to change your car’s oil, clean the pool and mow your yard. Delight in cleaning and washing the dishes! God delights in beauty. Seek beauty!
- There is no separation between the spiritual and the secular. A good example of this is a book called “Practicing the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence. He prayed and washed dishes. Everything he did was done with and for God.
- “Whatever you are doing, work at it with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not for people.” Col 3:23
- This is last on the list, but still on the list! Too often, money is placed in the #1 slot! (That means it is your master and you worship money) God calls us to be good stewards of our money.
- Keep a budget. Know how much is coming in and how much is going out. Are you a spender? Are you a giver? Who/what do you give to? Are you intentional about using your money to impact the kingdom?
As a believer, we are promised the fact that He who is in us (the Holy Spirit) will continue to shape and mold us into the image of Christ. All growth is by His grace. We are dependent upon Him.