Intentional Living: God, Gospel, & Love

The Lord has called me to fall in love.

No, it’s not what you think – I’m not talking about romantic love, I’m talking about falling in love with the places and people God has put in my life.

I’m talking about embracing wherever God has led me, and investing my all in the work He has given me to do, no matter where I am.

I’m talking about falling in love with God’s heart, experiencing His love, and sharing it with others.

I want to invite you to embrace intentional living wherever you are. This is what the Lord has called me to do, and I would love to share that passion with you.

I’ve lived in four different places in the past four years, from rural Ontario farm towns to an island in British Columbia and the beautiful city of Seattle, WA. In each place I’ve lived, the Lord has called me on an adventure of “intentional living.”

The word “intentional” gets thrown around a lot in Christian circles, but what I mean by intentional living is: taking meaningful, purposeful steps towards sharing the gospel, through words, action, service and relationship.

It means every place where God leads you is a place to seek His heart, and then share that love with others. The gospel can be shared and lived out in so many ways, but I believe the primary way the gospel is shared is through relationships with others.

Last week a group of EBC students met together to pray for our community in Kitchener, Ontario, and we spent some time listening to God and asking Him what He is doing in the city, and how we could join Him in the work He is doing. These are some of the things that came up in that prayer time:

  • God is calling His children in the Kitchener-Waterloo region to return home to God like the prodigal son
  • God is calling us to build relationships with the people in our community, have conversations with them, and hear their stories.
  • We prayed that God would give us the courage to share the gospel, and that He would make the hearts of the people ready to hear it, like the good soil written about in Luke 8
  • We prayed that there would be revival in the churches of the Kitchener-Waterloo region, and that through the church’s love, worship, and service, people would be drawn to God.

I believe this is part of what God has called believers to do – see Col 3:23, Matt 28:16-20, James 2:14-17, as well as the examples of Jesus in the Gospels and the apostles in Acts.

I’ve run out of excuses to sit still. I cannot not do something.

So my challenge to you is this: take some quiet time with the Lord and ask Him: “God, what are you doing in my community? In my city? In my nation? How can I join You in the work you are doing?”

Over the centuries men and women have stood up to fight injustice, feed the poor, tend to the sick, and share the gospel. Every avenue imaginable – from the brothels of Cambodia to the slums of Calcutta and the streets of American cities. He’s used every kind of person – fiery politicians, passionate writers, consistent volunteers, nurses, teachers, nuns, prostitutes, preachers, recovering addicts, prisoners, kids, farmers, artists. Physical or mental disabilities don’t stand in His way. Financial struggles don’t stunt Him. Personal limitations are only avenues for His grace to be shown.

He sees you as you are, grabs your hand and says, “Let’s fall in love, and share My love with the world. Are you ready?”

3 thoughts on “Intentional Living: God, Gospel, & Love

  1. I’ll be praying for you, that you’ll know how to best share His love. I’m sure that your willingness to serve will be greatly blessed.

  2. Pingback: Places, Pieces

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