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Can’t stop being intentional

The Gospel frees us to intentionally move towards others.

Another thought came to mind as I read a blog post by Aaron (http://www.bloggingtheologically.com/2010/08/03/book-review-rescuing-ambition-by-dave-harvey/):

As God rescues and redirects our ambitions, we have to understand that there’s a cost. We might fail. We might never see our ambitions fulfilled. But our ambitions are to have one goal in mind: serving our Savior. This is where we’re to find our contentment: not in the accomplishment, but in Him who has redeemed us and created us for these works.

In other words, godly ambitions are humble ambitions. To pursue godly ambitions means that we can forsake our comfort and well-being because Christ is sufficient. So it doesn’t matter if we fail. It doesn’t matter if we don’t’ see our plans play out. Jesus is enough.intentional-300x228

“Finishing well” actually means preparing the next generation to finish the work we begin. “True success means we will turn things over to the younger generation in such a way that enables them to run stronger and faster, with us cheering them all the way.”

Intentionality includes a multiplicational dynamic. If I choose to be intentional and invest in the lives of others, it will mean that at a given moment I will turn things over to them.  I will be intentionally investing in them for their development, intentionally preparing them to take the ministry and intentionally coming alongside them to platform and support them.

Such a multiplicational dynamic should impact the way I intentionally invest in others. A number of questions might come to mind that could help as one assesses his or her work with others:

  • How am I preparing another (or others) to take the current ministry even further?
  • How am I am impediment to that intentional desired growth of another? How am I a ‘multiplier’ of that intentional desired growth of another?
  • What needs to be part of my intentional investment that will ‘multiply’ its fruitfulness?

The Gospel frees us to intentionally move towards others. The Gospel frees us to honestly assess and grow in our intentional investment and ministry to others.

 

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