About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
We sometimes claim we
have no time to do many of the important things in life.
I admit, some people are that busy with the important things of
life, but, more often than not, it is not a matter of having no time.
It is a matter of knowing how to prioritize what is needed to do in
the time we have. Beyond that,
we are easily distracted by less important things that prohibit us from
doing the important things in life.
I recall a past age
where life had far less distractions.
Fingers weren't glued to cell phones with their minute by minute
interruptions. We had dial-up,
party-line, wall phones. That
meant we shared the phone line with our neighbour, and if he was talking
on his phone, we had to either wait him out or tell him to stop talking.
We had eleven channels
on our, black and white, box-like TV.
We actually had to do the unthinkable, that being, rise from our
couches, walk all the way to the television, and manually turn a knob on
the TV to change the channel.
Leaving the past behind,
the word "intentional" is a popular word in western-world
Christianity these days. If
someone is said to be intentional, he deliberately and purposely goes
about his tasks. Some people
are intentional by nature, while others are not.
Whether you are inherently intentional or not, I think Jesus had
intentionality in mind when He encouraged those around Him to put His
kingdom on the top of their list of priorities. Matthew 6:33 reads:
"But seek first his
kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you
The apostle Paul also encouraged his readers to live a life of intentionality. Ephesians 5:16 says this:
"... making the
most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."
The words "making
the most" in Paul's statement is a present Greek participle.
That bit of Greek grammar places the emphasis on one, by his very
nature as being so purposeful that he makes the best use of his time for
the Lord's sake. I suggest,
then, that even if you are not intentional by nature, the Scriptural
mandate for you as a Christian is to become more intentional for Jesus
than you presently are. I am
sure the Holy Spirit can help you with that.
If we believe we live in
an evil age, as Paul believed he lived in, then, like Paul, our desire
will be to live a purposeful, intentional, life.
We will make the best use of our time as we serve Jesus.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, we will not allow the enticements
of our culture to distract us from our God-given mission, which by the
way, has eternal implications.
1 Corinthians 3:10 and
following tells us that we will stand before Jesus some day and give
account, not of your faith, but what we have or have not done for Him.
Hopefully we will not be ashamed of ourselves on that day, as the
apostle John wrote about in 1 John 2:28.
"So now, little
children, remain in him so that when he appears we may have confidence and
not be ashamed before him at his coming (CSB)."
In light of this eternal
reality, being intentional about serving Jesus becomes the most important
thing in our lives in this age of being easily distracted.