The Importance of Intent
Posted: Wednesday, May 30
2 Samuel 15:23-16:23
Verse of the day:
“Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.)As Jesus said “I am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! (John 18:5-6 NLT)
When I was growing up, it was my responsibility to roll two large trash cans to the curb every Tuesday night. Every so often, I would forget to take the trash out and I ended up having an armed security guard (aka. my dad) banging on my door yelling for me to take out the trash. I would get up and mumble under my breath as I dragged those trash cans to the curb.
According to him, my intention to take out the trash should’ve been to help the family and not just to obey a rule. I used to think to myself: “Who cares about my intentions? The point is that I took the trash cans to the curb.”
Boy, was I wrong!
According to an article published by the Harvard Business Review titled: “The Power of Intent,” it is critical for a leader to know and to clearly communicate her intent. A clearly communicated intent sheds light on the road ahead even if the future seems uncertain. Thus, allowing both her team and her department to move in the right direction. That is exactly what Jesus did in our text today.
Jesus was about to get arrested in an unjust and underhanded manner. One of his disciples betrayed Him and joined forces with the religious and political establishment. They sent armed guards to arrest Jesus. As the guards approached Jesus, He asked them: “Who are you looking for?” They said “Jesus the Nazarene.”
Jesus said: “I am he.” As He spoke, they all drew back and fell to the ground! Please notice that Jesus had the power to prevent his own arrest. He could’ve escaped unharmed if He would’ve wanted to; but, He didn’t.
Jesus protected His disciples and hindered their arrest. He unequivocally communicated to us that His intention was to die that we may live. His faithfulness has allowed us to move in the right direction, to have a right relationship with God.
Today, I would like to encourage you to know and to clearly communicate your intentions. Take some time to think about what you are doing, why you are doing it, and what is your intention.