Deliberate – an adjective. Something done consciously and
intentionally. Other key descriptive words include intentional,
calculated, conscious, intended, planned, studied, knowing, willful,
purposeful, purposive, premeditated, and preplanned.
That’s a dictionary definition of the word deliberate. For me, this
definition begs the question: How deliberate are we about our
relationship to Jesus Christ? That is, as we live our lives, do we
live them in a deliberate way – bent on lives that describe and
Faith has the opportunity to be lived out consciously and
intentionally – deliberately. What does God’s Word say to us about
this? Here are five things we need to remember – and do:
Love God above all else. Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” God created us to be in fellowship with Him – it’s the basis for us, so when we are not in fellowship, we are out of sync – out of what and where He created us to be.
Love others as yourself. “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).
Study God’s Word. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8 to think on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise. These are all qualities of how we should live – we find them in God’s Word to us.
Pray. Life is much more than a simple prayer. Paul tells us to pray “without ceasing”
(1 Thessalonians 5:17). Praying helps keep our hearts in tune with God, and often brings our will in line with His.
Live out your faith. Be doers of the word, not hearers only (James 1:22). A belief that is not authentic enough to influence our actions is probably not a belief that is serious.
The challenge before us is to strive to live out these intentionally. Let’s consider the word deliberate as we, in faith, follow our Lord Jesus Christ in:
Worship – may we be deliberate in our pursuit of simply worshiping God.
Prayer – may our prayer time be deliberate, seeking and praying for God’s direction, His power in our lives, His motives sought and followed.
Stewardship – may our motives be that which seeks to glorify God, remembering all that we have is His, remembering the use of our time, our talent and our treasure for God’s glory is a privilege He gives us, a privilege that should be deliberately lived out each day of our lives.
Knowledge – may we be deliberate in our study and application of God’s Word, not just in the reading of, but also in the living out of God’s Word.
Love – may we be deliberate in our love – our love first of God, and second, of our neighbor.
Life – may our very lives be the deliberate intention to please God, not out of fear but of the joy that is ours from Him.
Join me in striving to be deliberate, not hap-hazard, in our pursuit of the One who pursued us and made us His through His Son Jesus – our Lord and our Savior. Amen.