August 6, 2021 — The Importance of being Intentional about your Faith

“The other day,” Stan commented, “I mentioned that one of my neighbors had been in the hospital recently.”

“You did,” I replied, “and you also used that to make the point about the truth of ‘all things’ in Romans 8:28.”

“That’s it,” Stan said, “and my neighbor said something else about his stay in the hospital that struck me as an essential step in the faith walk for me and for all of us who call ourselves Christians.”

“What’s that?”

“Being intentional about our Christianity,”

“Intentional about our Christianity,” I repeated. “How so?”

“Well,” Stan replied, “as my neighbor told it, when he was being prepped for surgery, there were all sorts of things done to him that, shall we say, were less than pleasant.  Some downright painful.  Lots of needles, tubes, and all sorts of things.”

“When everything had been done and he was ready for surgery,” Stan continued, “one of the nurses was doing a final check.  My neighbor noticed the nurse was wearing a cross necklace.”

“She was a Christian,” I commented. “Great!”

“That’s what my neighbor said.  When he noticed the cross he asked her if she was a Christian.  From that question and her response, they had a great discussion and she ended up praying with and for him just before he was taken to the operating room. And the story gets better!”

“How?”

“The next night,” Stan replied, “my neighbor was having trouble sleeping. His recovery depended on getting rest, but he couldn’t sleep.  As he was praying, guess who showed up to pray with him.”

“The nurse?” I asked.

“That’s it.  She had just finished her shift in the surgery wing of the hospital, searched for my neighbor who was, by then, in a totally different part of the hospital, found him, and came to pray with and for him.”

“Wow!” I said, “that took some real effort. Then what?”

“My neighbor said that while the nurse was praying, he drifted off to sleep and it was several hours later when he woke up feeling much better.”

“And just think about this,” Stan concluded, “all of this came about because the nurse chose to wear a cross, and my neighbor chose to ask her about it. Two Christians being intentional about their faith in a way that had a real impact.”

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Bible verses to consider:

What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3.

Greet Prisca and Aquilla, my fellow-workers in Christ Jesus. Romans 16:3.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for the Christians you brought into my life to move me to eventually accept your free and gracious gift of salvation and redemption though the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thank you, too, for the Christians you continually bring into my life for your purposes. I confess that too often I am not very intentional about my position as a Christian. I do not express to others my faith that could and can make a difference in the lives and eternal destination of others.  Please, Father, help me in following every step of your lead in being intentional about my faith exactly as you want.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this:  Do you have Christian faith about which you can be intentional? If no, why? What is holding you back? If you do have the assurance of spending eternity in God’s presence when it’s time because you have accepted His free and gracious gift by faith, how are you doing in being intentional about your faith? As well as you would like? As well as God would like? If you sense some change may be appropriate, how is that going to happen?  Don’t forget that many (all?) Christians came to faith originally because someone else was intentional about their faith. That’s a good role model for all of us!

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