Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Whats your motivation?
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” John 10:27-30
And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life,[d] and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:11-13
What motivates you? What is that driving force that propels you into new levels of growth in the various areas of your life? Is it a certain music group blasting on a radio that gets you fired up to go exercise? Is it a person you spoke to at work that birthed a desire to complete some work study courses to advance on your job? Is it a friend or relative that shared their feelings with you that made you pause and reflect how you might need to be more understanding?
Nothing wrong with any of these motivations. These are positive forces that can challenge you to go for it! To reach for the prize. To be a better you, by increasing knowledge and know how. Many other sources I haven't mentioned could come to mind. Many influences we have around us motivate us to accomplish goals. What is one major motivation to me?
One of the most powerful motivations I have in my life is Eternal redemption! You say what?! I mean it. The fact that He has paid the ultimate price for me is one of my biggest motivations. I see God's divine plan and how He finished it all and sat down at the right Hand of God. The finished work is so wonderful.
I rejoice seeing how through no efforts or achievements of my own I have received eternal salvation! I couldn't earn it. I couldn't work for it. I couldn't pay for my mistakes ever. I could do nothing but believe it and say thank you!
Having received the truth of eternal security my life is been motivated to love my Father more. Many want to argue the validity of eternal redemption purchased for us in Him. They still fuss over the fact that we don't work or strive or try and achieve something. What is eternal redemption?
Eternal redemption is that work whereby Jesus having paid the full complete price with His blood, (past, present and future sins) finished the work,(sat down) made a way for all who truly receive Him to never perish. Eternally secure. In simpler terms those who have truly received Christ Jesus in their heart and truly been born again they posses eternal life and will never lose it.
This eternal redemption is what motivates me! I serve a glad and good Father. He made a way for me! I can come boldly into his presence because I am secure in Him because of that blood. Wouldn't knowing you are saved and can't be lost make you want to go live like the devil? Why would I? I am translated! Translated you may wonder? Yes translated from the kingdom of darkness (devil's) to the kingdom of Light (Jesus). Why would I want to mess around on the devil's playground?!
This truth of eternal redemption is my heart motivation. It is not motivation for sin. It is truly a motivation for devotion to God! Amen!
Blessings and thanks for taking the time to read this post. If its blessed you please leave a comment, even if you disagree I appreciate your feedback.