In every situation, Jesus is an exquisite example of intentionality and faithfulness.
One clear example of how intentionality and faithfulness were woven into the very fabric of Jesus’s life on earth is recorded in Mark 5. Jairus, a prominent church leader, finds Jesus on a journey and begs Him to come to his house to heal his poor, suffering daughter who’s at death’s door. Jesus agrees and with obvious intention of going to Jairus’s home, heads that direction with Jairus.
But Jesus can never get far without being surrounded by a crowd. And today is no different.
As the crowd surges around Him, a woman quietly eases through the press and tugs the hem of Jesus’ robe. She turns away in quiet joy, knowing she’s been instantly healed of the blood disease that’s plagued her for a dozen years.
And in that moment we see Jesus’ faithfulness play out.
Jesus stops in the middle of a crowd that jostles Him at every step and demands to know who’s touched Him. Of course, He is God, so He already knows. But He has a divine appointment with this woman.
The trembling woman comes forward to tell Jesus her story, which takes a few moments. And as Jesus finishes His conversation with the grateful, now-healed woman, Jairus’s staff rush up to him. “Don’t bother the Teacher anymore. Your daughter’s dead.”
And this is the moment we see Jesus’ unwavering intentionality even more clearly as He turns to Jairus, with a special command, “Do not fear, only believe.”
Despite the seeming delays and side trips, Jesus had every intention of healing this man’s daughter. But not the way anyone expected. And definitely not as quickly as they’d hoped. But not too late either. For Jesus walks to Jairus’s house and raises the man’s daughter from the dead.
Can you be intentional and faithful? In looking at Jesus we find the answer a resounding “yes!”
Jesus’s life and ministry give us the pattern for how intentionality and faithfulness weave together in intricate harmony.
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