I’m afraid that sometimes our motivation stems more from selfish ambition, pride or a desire to please others more than it does from a love for God and a desire to please Him.
Which is why often in our service for God, we grow weary, we lose heart, and at times want to quit.
As I was ready 2 Corinthians 4 and 5 today, I was reminded of what has to be our motivation in our service for God.
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Cor. 5:14-15
We must be compelled not out of selfish ambition or man’s approval. We must be compelled by His great love.
The people in Paul’s day thought they were crazy. They couldn’t understand why they did the things they did. They didn’t understand why they put their lives at risk, made fools of themselves, or endured persecution in order to preach Christ crucified.
But Paul says “If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God!” (2 Cor. 5:13)
Francis Chan says, ‘Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.” And he’s right. Our lives are not to look normal, people should think we are a little crazy. We aren’t called to live easy, safe lives. We are called to go and do whatever God says, and wherever He leads.
But there are times when we forget. When we lose sight of what Christ has done. We forget Who we serve and why we serve. We lose sight of the prize, and seek to just make it through.
We must remember that in God’s grace He spoke Light into our hearts and allowed our eyes to see our sin and need of Him. We must be motivated by the fact that in His great love for us, He who knew no sin, took on sin, so that we might become children of God.
Because when THIS motivates us, When HIS LOVE is our motivation, then we will serve joyfully. We will count it a privilege to do what He ask us to do. Others will see Christ shining through us, and instead of growing weary. The joy of the Lord will be our strength, sustaining us, and compelling us onward.