MCCC - Attention with Godly Intention brings Connection

May 17, 2018 | Didi Bacon

What a fun Mothers’ Day! It was so cool to see all the pictures (see our MCCC Facebook page) with the Moms at church.

I came up with this formula for motherhood: Attention with godly Intention that brings about Connection with God, with community (others) and purpose. It is the same process a Jesus follower grows up in the faith.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIV)

This is not simply a call to attend church. This is a call to being attentive to your church family understanding that you need them and they need you. We don’t just come to church, but we get together to be the church. Church is getting together with the intention to spur one another to love and good deeds. There is the Attention with godly Intention. Jesus followers are to think about, pray about, plan, be proactive about, how we can help others move towards love and good deeds. You cannot do this being disconnected. You have to share the same proximity and space. That’s why we meet together. That’s why we worship together. That is why we do small group together. That is why we develop friendships with each other. Our growth as children of God is not meant to be a "me" thing. It is meant to be a "we" thing. We are recipients of grace in order to become givers of grace.

Listen to what Peter says in 2 Peter chapter 1 verse 3:

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

Peter was writing to a collection of Jesus followers. He does not say, His divine power has given you - singular - everything you need for a godly life. He talks to the plural. It is us. The church family. Being together we have everything we need for a godly life. How does that work? Attention with a godly intention that connects to God, to others, and to a purpose. Who has God given you to pay attention to? Your spouse? Your children? Your friends? Your small group member? The person sitting next to you right now?

Is there intention to help that person to connect to God? Do you pray for them? Do you pray with them? Do you share insights from your own Bible reading? Do you listen to them and encourage them to love and good deeds? Is there intention to connect them with a community of faith? Invite them to share life with you? Invite them to meet those in your small group? Invite them to come with you to serve? Is there intention to help them connect with God-given purpose? To help them see that serving God happens where God places you. To be gifted by God comes from saying yes to God to serve.

Attention with a godly intention leads to a connection with God, with others and with a life purpose. I am so grateful that a Jesus follower responded to the call to reach out to my mother. Missionaries Jack and Peggy Pennington gave their attention to her with godly intention. They introduced her to the Good News of Jesus. I am so grateful that she responded in faith. Through their attention with godly intention, she was connected to God, connected to a community of faith that included the man she would marry and become my dad Jim Bacon, and she was connected to a God-inspired purpose. She was a Jesus following Mom to me and my sister giving us her attention with a godly intention that connected us to God, to the community of faith and to a God-inspired purpose.

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