Living Intentional {Genesis 4-5, 2021}

Add intentional living to whatever you do. Add it to your faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ! When we are intentional, we get the opportunity to flourish instead of accepting whatever growth changes “simply happen”.

“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” – Ephesians 5:17, NIV

Genesis 4

Cain was not intentional in his offering to the Lord. The only intentional act I can see with my human eyes and heart is to hurt his brother Abel. They went out to a field, and Cain killed his very own brother.

Sin will desire to have us, but we need to be intentional in seeking our King Jesus the Christ! Verses 4-7 are among my favorite from the book of Genesis. It reminds me of my need to be alert or I will fall into sin. Our Lord looked with favor on Abel’s sacrifice… and Cain hated that. He hated it that he couldn’t throw together an offering, and have it looked favorably by the Lord.

God’s presence and to be looked favorably upon by our Savior are two gifts I cannot take for granted. Through redemption found in Jesus, I can have a relationship with God… It really sticks with me that Cain was “driven” from the Lord’s presence because of his sin. He sinned before the act of murder, and I am thankful that the Lord is my help and deliverer.

“At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26b).”

Genesis 5

We get a glimpse of their family tree. There is one person in their family, which stood out more than even Cain and his heinous act. His name is Enoch. Enoch is the set apart, completely on fire for the Lord, man who sought to walk faithfully with the Lord.

In our own legacy, what will be said of our own faith and the One whom we have trusted with our very lives?

At the end of our lives, all that matters is our relationship with Christ! It doesn’t matter the type of diet we stayed on, our “impressive” social media stats, or the amount of money in our bank accounts. All that matters is that we have chosen to believe and trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior…, and that we sought to give Him all we have to offer.

Listen to Enoch’s story in verses 22-24 –

“Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years after Methuselah was born. He also had other sons and daughters. Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God. And then he couldn’t be found, because God took him from this life.”

What have I inappropriately prioritized in my life?

Christ and His Kingdom is far more important than anything this world can offer us. And He loves us more than we could ever realize.