“Carefully determine what pleases the Lord” (NLT)
As we continue to focus on growing closer to God during this season of Lent, we may find ourselves recognizing obstacles or potential distractions. Although we’re commissioned to be not conformed to this world, we must learn to navigate our “transformed” minds while living in this world. How do we do this? By being purposeful. By being deliberate. By being intentional.
The Lord told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5, “before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” And just like Jeremiah, God knew us before we were born. And just like Jeremiah He is intentional about the purpose of our lives.
Ephesians 5:10 tells us to carefully determine what pleases the Lord. You can determine what pleases God by studying His word and building that relationship. Being intentional forms good habits and ultimately keeps you the narrow path.
So, be intentional about your prayer life. Be intentional about your service to others. Be intentional about your relationship with God.
• How am I intentional about my acts within our community of faith and service?
• In what ways do I need to understand myself more completely?
• Do I have accountability with others to keep me on the “narrow path?”
Kierra Turner is a senior business administration, with a concentration in Finance. She also serves as President of the 2015-2016 Student Government Association.
Throughout the season of Lent, members of the CBU community will offer weekly reflections in order to prepare our hearts and minds for the Easter celebration in 40 days. Reflections will be posted each Monday during Lent on the various university social media platforms. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback.
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