An Intentional Life


Submitted by Chris Rhodenhizer, Lead Pastor of Image Church

We want to be noticed, we say we want to be intentional with our lives, we usually want to follow a worthy cause, and we tend to want to make our lives count!  Check this out…

Mark 1:16-20 – Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. [ESV]

Jesus notices Andrew and Simon(Peter). He see’s that there is more to these guys than their trade – He see’s what they could be and should be in His mission. I am so thankful that Jesus noticed me! Sometimes we get caught up on ourselves, and we desire for others to notice us, our accomplishments; yet there is a God is heaven who took time to come live with us, to notice us, because He loves us.

Jesus not only notices them; Jesus calls them to be intentional and that has 2 parts: 1) Follow Me and 2) Make You.

“Follow Me” is the part of having ongoing fellowship with Jesus. He desires this of us. We have the opportunity to follow Jesus, which means we love Him, obey Him, submit to Him and the intention of our lives is for His mission and His glory!

The “Make You” part is what He transforms us into. These disciples were fishermen, so He used their occupation to describe what He would transform them into. Their main intention in life would be going after others, proclaiming Jesus – MAKING DISCIPLES THAT MAKE DISCIPLES!

They obediently and immediately responded to Jesus’ call. When Jesus notices us and calls us, our response should be the same… FOLLOW!

It doesn’t stop there.  Jesus notices more guys doing work and calls them to His work. These guys left all to follow Jesus, even their father. They left the family business, most likely a lucrative business, to be in missions!

We need to realize that Jesus gives us a vision of what could be and should be for our lives.

Our lives should be lived intentionally, whether we are working, playing or just living.  Our lives should always be intentional about making disciples!

It calls for a sense of urgency – Jesus’ mission had an urgency because HE noticed us; we should have a sense of urgency in noticing others, then showing them what their lives could be and should be through JESUS!!!


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