If we were to walk into the grocery store with a list of eight items to purchase, we are shopping for 10 minutes. We know our intention and execute with speed and precision. Don't I sound like fun to go shopping with!
If we were to walk into the grocery store without a list, we end up walking the aisles for 30 minutes or more. And usually find ourselves with a cart full of things we did not intend to purchase.
Intention makes a difference. Like a grocery list in our pocket, intention helps us make the most of our days.
This Saturday morning we will serve our community. We have an intentional list of projects to be done. The intentionality of the day will make it productive and enjoyable for all. We hope you join us!
And in regards to what we talked about this past Sunday, when it comes to sharing our faith, the Apostle Paul gave us three ways to be intentional toward the beautiful lost people in our lives.
Add value to their life.
Keep your identity in Christ.
Subtract your point of view.
Intention is everything. It is a gift from God.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (MSG)
Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!
"Heavenly Father, You desire that all should come to eternal life. You desire that none shall perish. You desire for us to understand we are a royal priesthood. You desire for us to be a mediator of your grace to the lost. So help us to be the priests you have called us to be. For the lost, may we add value to their life, keep our identity in Christ, and subtract our point of view. Help us to be soul winners and hope dealers. God, “We don’t just want to talk about it; we want to be in on it!” We do this all because we love you and the people you have created. In Jesus's Name, Amen."