Good Morning Church Family,
What a difference a week makes. Amy once shared with me an Annie Dillard quote,
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.” – Annie Dillard
Jesus was wildly intentional with His last week of life (in actuality His whole life), because He was living for the glory of God and the reconciliation of all things to Himself. He had a focus on God’s will through the gospel and all that He did was accomplish the work of God.
In fact, yesterday’s text, John 4:34, Jesus says His food was to accomplish God’s work. God’s will sustained the work of God’s son. You may say, “Yes, but that’s Jesus.” I would say, “Yes, and you are His.” If the disciples can reap a spiritual harvest off the work of an outcast promiscuous woman, then God can use you as well. What is radical about the climax of the story of the woman at the well, was that God is able to use any and all who come to Him for grace.
During holy week we celebrate the climax of Jesus’ ministry leading to the cross and resurrection. So much had led to this week, and in it we see the brilliance of God’s plan to redeem humanity. We attend services, reflect on the cross, feeling devoted and grateful once again. I used to really stress over Easter, but then I realized the work God calls us to do is not made up of one-time spectacular moments. The work which God is doing in us is a daily grace of faith and repentance, allowing His Word to work through us, and asking how He is calling me to be faithful next .
This week was intentional, so you should live intentionally this week, but also every other week. Intentionality is not the thing of massive will power. Intentionality is simply about setting a rhythm of grace, a discipline of pursuit of what produces more life, a daily step toward Jesus and others to experience and express God’s grace.
We love you, we’re praying for you, and we hope you have a wonderful Monday morning!