Last week I told you I was participating in a 5 days of Intentional Living series with 16 other bloggers! Did you get a chance to check out some of the others participating? If not you can see everyone’s blogs and post topics here.
Living intentionally is a passion of mine. I love nothing more than to teach others how to live intentionally by grace every day. As Christians, we have the opportunity to either draw others closer to Jesus or push them away. It is our job, our calling, to make it impossible to not think about God in every facet of our lives!
What does this have to do with filling up our lives and not just our schedules? Everything!
As I mentioned in my introduction post, each and every insertion you make on your calendar represents your life! You’re not just filling up a schedule! You’re writing your legacy.
Today, I hope to help you to understand the purpose behind living intentionally.
The purpose of living intentionally is to glorify God!
To live intentionally doesn’t mean we follow a list of rules, but it does mean we intentionally seek God in every facet of our lives. Living intentionally is where we seek to obey God in all that we do, with the understanding that everyone falls short, everyone sins. This understanding does not give us a right to sin, but as we seek to live out our lives for God’s glory, as we seek to fill up our lives and not just our schedules, we can live intentionally because we love Him so much we can’t help but obey Him!
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Galatians 2:10)
We are not our own. We belong to God. We are His workmanship. We were created for good works, that will bring glory to the name of Jesus. These good works were laid out beforehand, before we were ever born, and our job now, as believers, is to walk in them.
But if you’re just going about life never giving a second thought to God’s will for you, then how are you to walk in these good works laid out beforehand? Sure, we could chalk it up the sovereignty of God, but I don’t believe this is God’s will for us.
Too many places throughout scripture tell us to guard, seek, find, walk, and imitate (to name a few). These are action words. Yes, we are saved by grace. Yes, we earned not an ounce of our salvation. No, our good works do not give us a better standing before God. But if God didn’t deem our actions important, why would He give us so many commands and instructions to do and to act?
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)
I believe God would have us work (action words) because He knows that without work, without action, we sit idle and Proverbs has plenty of warnings against idleness. Not to mention, God gave us the example of work in the Creation story we often teach our children. I believe this Creation story has something else for us in regards to living intentionally. We’ll dive in a little deeper tomorrow.
But for today, consider for a moment God’s call to act, to live intentionally. To seek His face with passion and fervor. To lay down your life for His kingdom work. To live intentionally because He gave His life for you. Then come back tomorrow so we can dive in just a little deeper into this whole idea of what it means to fill up our lives and not just our schedules.
Be sure to check out the other ladies taking part in this series. There are some awesome topics being discussed in regard to living intentionally. You can see a list of blogs and post topics here: 5 Days of Living Intentionally.
This post is linked to Making Your Home Sing.