Intentional Christian Living (Part One)

Over the past month God has let me see a few things that have really opened up my eyes to the idea of intentional living. First, I saw a lady give a homeless man on the corner a large drink from Mcdonalds. This may not seem like much, but in a society where we, especially Christians, do not like giving to the homeless man on the corner because they “might but beer or cigarettes” this was eye opening. The lady must have intentionally bought a drink at Mcdonalds to give it to the homeless man. I will spend more time talking about that in a later post. There as been many other things God has let me see that have helped my grasp this idea of intentional living, but the biggest one was a few statements I read in C.J. Mahaneys book Worldliness. If you have read this book you know that each chapter was written by another person and in the chapter on media Craig Cabaniss says, “Glorifying God is an intentional pursuit. We don’t accidentally drift into holiness; rather, we mature gradually and purposefully, one choice at a time. In the Christian walk, we can’t just step onto the right path and figure all is well. Christian discipleship is a lifelong journey consisting of a series of countless steps. Each step maters…” Did you catch that? Glorifying God is an intentional pursuit! If we are going to live the Christian life God calls us to, we must be intentional. There is too many Christians just living life who are “going with the flow.” Those are the Christians who are making no impact on the world around them. If you want to make a difference and as my pastor says, “leave the world differently than you found it” you must live intentionally daily.

If you want to be in shape and be healthy you must exercise. No one who just eats what is in front of them or just sits around all day will be in shape or healthy, but those that are intentional about eating the right foods as well as intentionally going to the gym to excercise will be healthy. It is the same way spiritually. If we want to be healthy spiritually we must be intentional. Paul puts it this way in 1 Timothy 4:7, “…train yourself for godliness.”

I want to share what God has been showing me and teaching me about intentional living so I have decided to post a few blogs specially on this idea. God has really been teaching me this idea of intentionally living for three areas in my life: fighting sin, giving to the needy, and prayer life. Over the next few weeks I will post a blog on being intentional in each of these three areas. Hope they are a blessing and encouragement to you to live an intentional life for God’s glory!

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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