Jesus was intentional in every part of His ministry. No word or meeting was by happenstance. Jesus sought people out to spread His gospel. Jesus didn’t just roam around hoping to meet folks. He went directly to those in need of His Word. He was also intentional when He decided be baptized by John.
Mark chapter 1 verses 9-11 tells the story of Jesus intentionally going to the Jordan River to be baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus made the trip on foot. A walk of about 60-70 miles, talk about being on a mission! Jesus had a purpose and He was not going to be hindered by the inconvenience of a long distance walk.
By His intentional decision to go to John to be baptized He was announcing to the world that He had decided to follow God’s will for His ministry. His would be a ministry to save the lost and redeem mankind. I’m thankful for His decision to fulfill God’s call on His life.
Jesus’ baptism was not the same as believer’s baptism that we take part in. Jesus was sinless, therefore, He did not confess nor repent of sin. His was a baptism of obedience, He showed that He fully agreed with God the Father and His plan for salvation. His was a baptism of self-identification with the nation of Israel in their heritage and their sinful predicament. Isaiah 53:12 (NKJV)
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. His was a baptism of self dedication to His Messianic mission and it signified His official acceptance and entrance into that mission.
Jesus was intentional in every decision He made. He was intentional because He had decided to follow God unconditionally. No questions, no hesitation; just complete and perfect submission to His Father in Heaven.
Is your life marked by this level of dedication to God’s plan for your life? We live in an age when so called believers will not inconvenience themselves to come to church on Sunday morning to hear God’s Word proclaimed! Christians will not read the Word of God and hide it in their hearts. Jesus’ plan for their lives take a back seat to their personal desires and selfish wants. Oh, but when the going gets rough they pray for God’s help. It’s funny how crisis changes our perspective. But when the crisis is over it’s back to business as usual.
I’m convinced that if we are to see revival we must do as Scripture says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. How serious are we in our personal walk with Christ? Are we willing to humble ourselves and cry out to God for His help? Will we be intentional as we seek His face and His will for our lives?
I challenge every believer reading this to stop and pray to God for His forgiveness and direction for your life. Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Let those of us that call ourselves followers of Christ walk His way, believe His truth and model His life in a lost world.
Until we see Him face to face, let us live intentional lives dedicated to Jesus;