Thursday, October 16, 2014

What's Your Motivation?

Each day we have many things we do.  We are busy people. However,  I want to ask a question;  What is our motives behind the things we do?
Of course, there is the obvious; like why we eat, work or rest.  However, Im talking about the "driving force" behind all we do. Chad and I have a dear friend, Bro. Ray, that says no matter what you do, you can always trace it back to one of two motives: love of self or love of God. Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40, "You must love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments." Some of us are too busy to really love others.  What IS the love Jesus is talking about?  1 Corinthians 13 tells us what love is; Love is patient, kind, not jealous, nor boastful or proud, or rude, does not demand its own way, it's not irritable, keeps no record of being wronged, does not rejoice with injustice but rejoices when truth wins out, never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.  Wow, that is love?! Where can we find this type of love? The answer is in Jesus.   We can't truly love until we first realize and receive God's love for us!
I want to encourage you today to look into your heart and allow God to look too.  Ask Him to reveal your heart's true motive.  In the first part of 1 Corinthians 13, we are told that everything done without love amounts to nothing.  This scripture even compares doing things without love to a noisy gong or clanging cymbal.  It sounds like God wants us to be motivated by His love and His Spirit.  What's your motivation today?