• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Intentionality

Intentionality, by its root, is linked to being intentional.  If we scan the dictionary, we discover that “intentional” is when something is “done deliberately or on purpose.”  It is the act of consciously, deliberately, knowingly and purposively working towards carrying out an intended goal or objective.  Therefore, to be intentional about something is to exhibit intentionality

Our hearts and minds have been focused over the past few weeks on the birth of the One who came and ‘tabernacled’ among us; the One who entered our world in order to save His people from their sins.  From the very start, there was intentionality in all God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit undertook on our behalf.  The Creator God was intentional in seeking to re-establish relationship between Himself and His creation.  That intentionality led to the pouring out of His life for others.

Missional living, though, is a constant struggle of intentionality.  Our lives and ministries continually call for deliberate and purposeful action.  We do not wait for people to move towards us, rather we must move towards them in an intentional way, just as God did and does for us.  Our own personal growth and development does not happen by osmosis, rather we must consciously build more and more upon the faith foundation that has been laid by His Spirit in our hearts.

As this New Year begins, we would do well to consider our ‘intentionality quotient’, that is, how quick are we to be intentional in our life, development and ministry?   Or are we more accidental in our approach?

Try prayerfully thinking through this question:  what is the greatest hindrance that would keep me from being more intentional this year in my outreach, my discipleship, my mentoring or my own personal growth and development?

3 Responses

  1. Excellent, David! A penetrating (and intentional) question for me to start 2012 with.

    I hope 2012 began with a deep sense of hope in Jesus,
    Mark

  2. The part that struck me was how Jesus “tabernacled” among us. This is the second time God has put this principle before me this holiday season. I have a friend who also spoke on this term in one of the messages leading up to Christmas. For me personally, “tabernacling” took on a profound meaning this Christmas. Here is a link to this inspiring message for anyone interested: http://www.fielder.org/MEDIA/MESSAGES/tabid/1093/podcastid/108/language/en-US/Default.aspx

    Jason Paredes is the Missions Pastor at Fielder Church. The church is connected with Moldova through a strategic partnership. We are praying for God to grow this relationship for greater Kingdom impact.

    It is awesome to see how God connects the paths of people and ministries for His Kingdom! I appreciate your heart and thoughts shared to challenge and move us forward!

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