Intentions to make God #1 in my life – the center of my very existence.
I plan on waking up earlier the next day to spend some one on one time with Him… but then I keep hitting snooze on my alarm clock.
I have intentions to encourage someone during the day who I know is going through a particularly rough time.
But then I get distracted by one thing after another and in the end as I’m falling asleep in my bed I realize I never reached out to that friend, and my day has already slipped away.
I have intentions to get out of my comfort zone and serve God more in an area that is new and unfamiliar to me.
But each day I push it away for “another day” when I’ll be more prepared… but that day never comes.
I have intentions to talk to that neighbor or to that co-worker about God.
But that opportunity seems to never come.
Often when someone has good intentions of doing something kind for someone and their plans fail the other person will say “that’s okay, it’s the thought that counts”.
But when we meet Jesus up in heaven and He replays the story of our lives it won’t be the thought that counts.
Good intentions will mean absolutely nothing unless we do something about it.
What if Mother Theresa just had good intentions?
What if she saw the poor orphan children in third world countries and she said “someone needs to do something about it” and she came up with all the ways she could help, and she prayed about it every day, and she told everyone about her plans to make a difference in the world… and then she ends up doing nothing.
As noble and thoughtful as her good intentions were they amounted to nothing.
They didn’t feed poor, hungry children.
They didn’t clothe naked children.
They didn’t make any kind of difference.
And when she’d meet Jesus in heaven and had to account for her life she wouldn’t receive a crown for what she didn’t do.
Even if she said “but God… I had so many great ideas, I cared deeply for those orphans, I wanted to do so much, doesn’t that count?” Nope.
Sometimes I fool myself into thinking that I’m better than I really am.
I think that just because I feel compassionate about people who are hurting that I am somehow caring about them, but until I am physically helping them, that compassion doesn’t really mean much.
I think that just because I love reading God’s Word, spending time with Him, and talking about Him all day long I am somehow making a difference to the world around me, but until I am physically living out the Word by practicing what I believe than no amount of talking about God will really amount to much.
I love this quote by Rick Warren that describes this perfectly.
“If we had as many people practicing the Bible as those who love to discuss it over coffee, it would change everything.”
Sometimes I think it’s just a very sly trick of the enemy to make us believe that we are doing something when in fact all we’re doing is talking.
What’s the point of even showing up to church on Sunday’s if we never practice what the pastor preaches? We just like to discuss it at our weekly Bible study.
What’s the point of reading God’s Word if it doesn’t transform how we see the people around us and how we live? If it doesn’t change us from the inside out then it’s just a regular book we can read once and then put back on the shelf.
What’s the point of having good intentions if they don’t do anything to change the lives of the people around us?
Some of us are like the son in the Matthew 21 parable. We promise God that we’ll work for Him in this world by serving the people around us but then when it comes down to it we just go and do our own thing.
Others of us are like the guest invited to the Great Banquet in Luke 14, we want to show up and partake of what God has prepared for us… but then we have other stuff we want to get done first. And each day brings a new excuse of why you can’t serve.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be either.
I want to be the servant that’s written about in Matthew 25 in the parable of talents. I want to hear God say to me “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
I don’t want to bring excuses up to heaven with me for why I didn’t give my all.
I don’t want to bring up all my good intentions of all the things I wanted to do… but didn’t.
I want God to be my witness that I lived each day with purpose.
That I didn’t set aside my time with Him.
That I made time to serve others around me.
That I didn’t live in my comfort zone.
Today… think about this: if you were to meet Jesus in heaven today what words would He say?
What would the film of your life show?
Are there any “good intentions” you have that you need to turn into action instead of just talk?
Are there any excuses you need to drop for not living life to the fullest today?
Are there any new priorities you need to make?
You can’t do much about how you spent your yesterday, but what you do with today and tomorrow is up to you.
Make no room in your life for excuses. Choose to live for God wholeheartedly in all that you do and one day He will reward you greatly for serving Him faithfully, not just with your words, but with your life. Be blessed! -Anna…♥
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” – Colossians 3:23