Bible Verses About Intentional Living
Too many people think that the Christian life is a passive one. The Christian life is active, a life of growth. We don’t sit by and wait for heaven after being saved, we are to work and walk and live intentionally the life God has given us.
Following my post last week on what it really means to live intentionally, I received an email response from one of my subscribers that, “intentional living is not biblical, so its not something I should encourage Christians to do” I do not know if this was sort of a joke or really his opinion, but this made me to go into the scripture and came up with a few verses that supports intentional living.
Intentional living is part of Christian life. Being intentional is knowing why you do something, making a decision to do it and planning on how to get it done. Like knowing why you should evangelize (witness), making a decision to do it, and taking steps (planning/strategizing). This is a godly way to live. There is nothing wrong with spontaneity, I have some friends who don’t believe in planning (they’ll rather wait till they reach the mountain than spend nights planning ahead how to cross the mountain), but God wants us to be purposeful in the way we live. The Bible encourages us to be intentional, purposeful, to plan, to count the cost of our actions or decisions before doing them.
We see in the Bible that God was, and still is intentional. Jesus lived intentionally (the reason for everything He did or said during His time on earth was ‘to do the will of the Father’), He never wasted time waiting for His time to come, but He was working till the time came. The apostles were intentional. We see intentionality (purpose) written in every acts and deeds and words of all the Bible characters we read about. The Bible was written and handed down to us with intentions. 2 Timothy 3:16 (Amplified)
All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage];
So we cannot excuse ourselves that intentional living is not for Christians. We have to decide to be intentional in everything we do. Rather than just fold hands, cross our legs, allowing things to pass by waiting for others to act so we’d just follow along. God really cares about what you are going to do today, tomorrow, next week, and in fact, the rest of this year.God wants you to be intentional.
Bible Verses about Intentional Living:
The verses listed here are verses that inspires me to live intentionally, they may not have the word ‘intentional’ in them, but may have ‘purpose’ (intentional is another way of saying purposeful). They either encourage, explain why or command intentional living.
Luke 14:28-30 (NIV): “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (ESV): For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Ephesians 5:15 (AMP): Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),
Proverbs 6:6-11 : Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer, and gathers her provision in the harvest. How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest”–and your poverty will come in like a vagabond, and your need like an armed man.
2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV): He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
Proverbs 19:21(NIV): Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 20:5 (NIV): The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.
Exodus 9:16 (ESV): But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.
In First Corinthians 4:2, we are told; Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. Remember the words of our Savior in Luke 12:48; to whom much is given, much is expected. As followers of the Lord, we don’t just want to coast…. or drift through our lives. Much has been given to us, and much will be expected from us, and we don’t want to fail or disappoint our God who trusted us with so much. So we have to live intentionally...
What verses inspires you to live intentionally?