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Intentional Faith Preparation

Genesis 22:1-3

Verse 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Yesterday we talked about how we need to be intentional about faith. Today we see the reason that is so important.

We know that faith is important but we need to see how important it is to be intentional about our faith before the moments of testing come. We are told by experts to be prepared in life. To know how you would deal with a specific situation before it arises is important so that in the moment of stress we don’t have to think about what to do. That is why we plan out fire escape routes in buildings and why school children have fire and weather drills in school. This is something that we should also be thinking about in our faith life.

While it may seem like a given in the Christian life to live a life of faith, if we don’t think about it as it could apply to our lives we may not be ready to actually take the steps of faith that will be required of us as we go through life. Just as we prepare for the things we hope don’t happen – such as a fire, tornado or other such disaster – we need to look ahead at the various things that may arise in our faith life. There is one important point that we need to remember and that is where choosing to be intentional comes into play.

The random things of life will have varying solutions but the only answer we need to be prepared with for the faith life is, “yes.” That’s right, the reason it is important to be prepared with an intentional plan of faith is that we need to be ready at every moment to surrender to God with a yes, no matter what He brings your way. If we don’t make the decision before He brings His plan to us, it will be too easy to give into fear or self-interest.

When God told Abraham to go and sacrifice his beloved, long-awaited son, Abraham’s heart likely crumbled with gut-wrenching pain. “No! You just gave him to me!” But no matter what Abraham was feeling in his heart, he had already decided in his heart to obey and surrender to whatever God would ask. This is the intentional act of faith that we need in our lives. We have the same reason that Abraham has for being able to surrender no matter the cost. We know that God will never ask something of us that won’t bring Him glory and good for our salvation.

Making It Personal

How intentional have you been about your faith life? What do you need to do to be more intentional about in your faith life? Are you ready to take that step?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you think Jesus would ever ask you to do something that would be bad for you? What kinds of things might Jesus ask of you? Will you make the choice to say yes to Jesus no matter what He asks you to do?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for always have our best interest in mind. Help us remember that You are always faithful and that full surrender to You will always draw us to a closer relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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