"We are not meant to remain as children ..." (Ephesians 4:14 Phillips).
As I write this I am just coming off of a 3-day photography workshop that helped me understand the importance of intentionality in capturing an image. The instructors emphasized the need to be very purposeful about what is included and what is excluded in every capture. They helped us see differently, to see with intentionality.
They invited me to consider how my photography and my spirituality are related. In doing so I realized the importance of intentionality in my personal discipleship and in my ministry.
In order for us to grow spiritually we need to be intentional. God's goal for you and me is to mature and develop the characteristics of Jesus Christ, living a life of love, humble service, and witness.
Sadly, there are far too many Christians who grow older but never grow up. They're stuck in perpetual spiritual infancy, drinking only milk and remaining in diapers. The reason is because they never were intentional about growing spiritually. Growth in our faith life is not automatic; it takes an intentional commitment. You must want to grow, decide to grow, make an effort to grow, and persist in growing. That's intentionality.
Discipleship is the process of becoming like Christ -- being intentional about what is included and what is excluded in every aspect of our spiritual life.
-- Rev. David T. Wilkinson, www.davidt-wilkinson.pixels.com