October 4, 2020

No Shortcuts in the Kingdom

“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.” – Proverbs 16:2 There’s a significant difference between good intentions and being intentional. While good intentions involve a person’s motive, intentionality speaks to having a plan and doing things on purpose. To illustrate the point, there’s a story in the Bible involving David and 30,000 young men who were returning the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. Unfortunately, as this throng was en route to their destination, they made a terrible mistake. Since the Ark, which represents God’s presence, became too heavy to carry, a man named Uzzah placed it on a cart to keep it from falling. However, because the Torah laid out specific rules for transporting this priceless treasure, touching it caused him to sin, and he died instantaneously. While this seems a bit extreme to us today, the lesson is that pure

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