“Being intentional is a strong force that instill the final work of God upon man”
One thing have learn to do is not to do heavy things but small things in a big way. I have learn to sow seeds in people’s lives and am always very intentional about it. Though the people will not know but am always and very too intentional and I love to do it, in which after a while the Lord will have take them through a journey that will bring them to the will of God for their lives. This I understand that there is no watering without a sowing and unless a seed is planted watering of seeds may not occur. I also understand the BUT GOD factor, which gives the increase after another man has watered what has been planted. I submit to what Pastor Orioke said “to have maximum impact on how to fill bottles concentrate on one bottle after the other” (my paraphrase)
“Nothing will work unless we become very intentional about things”
We need to know some basic things when it comes to being intentional about blessing lives. Which are
- UNDERSTANDING YOUR PART AS THE PLANTER OR AS THE ONE THAT WATERS
“Planting is the beginning work to the end point of the will of God”
One of the clear thing to do in being intentional about blessing lives is to understand what you’re doing by knowing whether you’re planting or you’re watering lives. We must carefully understand that we can’t do the increase part which only the Lord can do which is to cause the increase to come.
1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
Apostle Paul understood that his work is to plant, it’s like the major work the Lord allowed Paul to do was to attend to the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith then bring men to build therein which he warned that we should be careful how we build upon what has been built
1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
We see that others have a role to play also on this part, the Apostle understood his part and he stayed on it. He was not struggling with what Apollos was doing by watering and he also made us to understand that whether you’re planting or you’re watering lives, your work is not different from what the other person is doing.
1 Corinthians 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
So you therefore become intentional by knowing your part either as the planter or as the one that waters. All that you’ll do is to make a progressive move upon people. If it’s the seed of prayer you’ll be sowing into people’s lives be committed to it. I saw one of the teenagers that we use to tell to come for programs back then doing well in the Lord and I felt thank God he responded to God that time. We must understand the people the Lord is bringing to us by showing a commitment of planting or watering their lives because we don’t know when that season will be over. Discerning also becomes so important that we need to know and make wise use of such seasons in their lives. I have understood that unless we are intentional about people we may never really have a meaningful impact on souls. I just recently recognized a young folk that I perceive the Lord’s hand is upon then I took a bold step to ensure I water what has been in such life. We must also understand the work the Lord has started in people’s lives and also know how to continue from there.
Finally, always keep in mind the “BUT GOD FACTOR” which after you have planted and another man has watered their lives the “But God” belong to God to give it an increase as seen in the word of God
1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; BUT GOD gave the increase.
“Our labour upon people may not really be effective unless we understand the BUT GOD FACTOR that gives the increase”
When we understand the BUT GOD factor then we will see that we are a tool in God’s hand, our work therefore become to allow the Lord to fulfill His part which is the final work upon His people. Understand that increase should be our end factor as we look to become intentional about blessing people, for which the increase comes from Him.