He trains six days a week, and rests one.
Six days a week, he wakes up at 4:45am.
He eats a carefully prepared breakfast.
Then trains for a few hours.
Second breakfast. University (he’s also studying sports science).
Dinner to replenish the body.
His goal is to compete in the 2020 Olympics. I hope he does.
He is 21 year old Tyron Boorman, and whilst for many of us his schedule may seem insane, to him, he is “living the dream” (Changing Habits 2016).
Have you ever been so intentional about anything? Many of us haven’t.
“Disciplemaking is the process of bringing people into right relationship with God, and developing them to full maturity in Christ through intentional growth strategies, that they might multiply the process in others also.”
In an Intentional Disciple Making Church, the intentionality is what sets it apart as all churches will produce disciples, but what kind of disciples?
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)
To produce godly disciples, we must first be one. We are called to be Christlike, a much harder goal than winning Olympic gold, in my mind.
To grow as a disciple of Christ, we must be intentional about our growth. John Maxwell’s (2012) ‘Law of Intentionality’ teaches us that growth doesn’t just happen unless we make it happen.
How do I live with intentionality?
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:15-18)
From these verses, Rev Edmund Chan (2017, pers comm. 17 June) teaches us to:
Examine your life
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise..” (v17)
Are you careful and wise in how you walk? Or do we allow the world, instead of the Word to govern our lives? Be sure to carve out time to think and reflect on your life.
Redeem your time
“..making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (v16)
Are you making the best use of every opportunity? Don’t take the present for granted and think carefully about how you would spend the rest of your life.
Determine your purpose
“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (v17)
Understand the will of the Lord. To do this, we have to be obedient to the principles of God’s Word.
Embrace your priority
“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” (v18)
We must be filled with the Holy Spirit – continually. This is a life that is obedient and surrendered to the Word of God.
Living intentionality is part and parcel of IDMC living. We must first be the kind of disciple we want to produce.
If you are intentional about being a disciple and producing Christlike disciples, what should your day look like?
Rev Edmund Chan is the key speaker at the IDMC Sydney 2018 Conference and will be speaking on the theme, ‘Starting Over’.
IDMC Conference Sydney 2018: Starting Over will take place on 17-18 August, 2018 at Hillsong Convention Centre, Baulkham Hills, NSW. To register or learn more about IDMC Conference or IDMC Australia, visit www.idmcconference.com.au.