Intentional Purpose

Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. ~ John 11:45 ESV

I can’t tell you how many times I catch myself using the term “busy” when someone asks me how I am doing. I am not sure how I have arrived at a place where being busy expresses the condition of my heart.

I get caught up in all of the things I need to accomplish instead of being intentional about whose heart I might touch.

Can you relate?

I think we get consumed in what our lives should look like, or where we believe we should be standing in them.

A messenger was sent after Jesus because his friend Lazarus was deathly ill. Yet, Jesus did not rush to him. In fact, in John, it states that he remained in the place where he was for two more days.

Could you imagine the emotions Martha had over the death of her brother when she met Jesus? She said, my brother wouldn’t have died had you rushed and hurried to him.

There was a purpose for the time that lapsed in Lazarus’s death. The resurrection of Lazarus provided an opportunity for others to see God’s power and accept Him by faith. Jesus gives many examples where he took the time to care for the broken-hearted.

Could our lives be different if we considered slowing down, looking around, and were intentional about the journey we are on?

We do not know how many hearts are desperately waiting for the crossing of our paths. We can get in a hurry, get caught up, in many things that provide no purpose.

How many people turned believed in God after the resurrection of Lazarus? How many people’s heart did Jesus touch in the two days that he stayed where He was?

When I think about the life of Jesus, I wonder how many people converted their heart, over to God, because he chose to be intentional with his time.

Dear Jesus, thank you for today. Thank you that there is a purpose in this life that you give. May we be intentional today, touching the lives of those around us so that they can see the power in who you are. We provide you with praise and glory in all that you do, Amen.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas