Action // [ak-shun n] // something done or performed; act; deed
Intention // [in-ten-shun n] // an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result
So as you can probably tell today’s blog post is going to center around the distinction between actions and intentions. God directly calls on us many times in the Bible to spread the Christian message through our actions. Actions are things people can witness, and the biggest way to show people that our god is good!
An intention is mental, there is no way to show someone your intentions without displaying some type of action (even the definition of intention includes the word action). A person could have the purest intentions possible, but in order for those to become real, they have to be carried out as actions.
The Lord has called us to be examples of the truth for the world, especially for the people who have never experienced Christian love before. And in being examples of the truth, we must willingly set these truthful examples. No one else can turn our intentions into actions, only we ourselves can do that.
The Lord is going to judge us according to our actions, not our intentions. Daniel 12:3 is a great example of this. It states that “those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”
Being examples for the Lord means leading other to righteousness (aka the love of Jesus). And when we are setting examples using our truthful intentions, then cultivating them into actions we are doing just that. So this week (and in the future) lead a life full of truthful, God-seeeking actions that will set an example for others!