Morning Thoughts on November 13, 2015

Morning Thoughts on November 13, 2015


I am reading the bible chronologically this year and I am reading thru the crucifixion accounts in the gospels. The same account with various details coming out, giving a fuller picture. Today I was reading Luke 23 and John 18 – 19 and it resonated more than ever before how intentional Jesus was. He knew what was coming. He loved me, loved all of us that He was willing to go thru the process of taking on my sin, your sin, all our sins so that we could be redeemed.

I wonder as He took each step on the journey from the garden to the cross, if His steps became heavier and heavier. His compassion and love for us propelling him. He was intentional. When I read through John’s account of the events, Jesus spoke sparingly and when He did speak it cut to the heart of the issue and that was it. His intentionality with not just what he said but how he said it. He was intentional in asking for a drink on the cross and then giving up his spirit. He chose to die. He chose to. He intentionally made that choice. He chose to obey the Father.

I am tend to be intentional with stipulations. Its easy to be intentional when its going well. Its difficult to be intentional when life is hard. I am challenged, challenged to look at being intentional from a different angle today. I am challenged and reminded that being intentional is a choice.

I must choose to be intentional.

Intentional with WHAT I am doing.

Intentional with my time.

Intentional with my actions.

Intentional with HOW I respond.

My words.

My emotions.

Intentional with HOW I think.

John 19:17 says “And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,” (NKJV) today what jumped out at me is the phrase “And He, bearing His cross” we see Jesus talking in the gospels about picking up our cross and following Him. {Matthew 10: 38, Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, Luke 14:27) As Jesus was walking with His cross there were people all around Him, I would imagine jeering, throwing insults, not making the walk pleasant. Each step took him one step closer to His death and bearing the sins of the world so that we could be redeemed.  I don’t imagine that it was an easy walk but yet He walked it. He could have not walked it yet He chose to walk it. As I follow Jesus, I have to choose to be more and more intentional at obeying what He says, of allowing Him to be in charge. That intentional choice to follow is not always received well. Yet I see what Jesus went thru so that I could have a relationship with Him, the intentional choice to obey, follow, and be his disciple is worth the cost. How do I be more intentional and in the way Jesus wants me to – with Jesus leading me and walking with me.

Every part of my life is an opportunity to be intentional. What I am seeing as I walk with Jesus is that I can only be intentional as He intends as I choose to let Him be Lord of my life. The greatest intentional choice I have to make is putting down what I want, what I think, what I feel, all the “I” of my life and follow Him. Today I am choosing to follow after Jesus; no matter the response of those around me (good or bad); desiring to be intentional with my words, my actions, my thoughts.

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself,and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 (NKJV)

~ personal reflection as I continue to learn to follow Jesus  ~

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