Motivated Spirituality

olive_trunk_500What motivates me? Often it is pleasure—reading a good book, skiing, playing with the kids, sex, even work. I enjoy it. It is self-satisfying. Sometimes it is fear—peer pressure, criticism, and guilt to name a few. Maybe I am motivated to gain something—prestige, money, pride, or power. Sometimes I have to. I can’t avoid it—earn a living, or managing the household and kids.

But what motivates me to seek an intimate relationship with God? Is it the beauty of his creation—the flowers, diversity of life, the Grand Canyon or Rockies? Is it the things he has provided for me—my job, a wonderful spouse, good health, kids? Or am I motivated by fear? He might punish me if I don’t live right. Maybe I am looking for a reward. If I live right, how will God reward me? Most all these factors at one time or another has probably motivated us.

So is there a motivational difference between our living activities and knowing God better? Yes! It begins by recognizing the immeasurable power, presence, and knowledge of God. We are created and finite. He is uncreated and infinite. We tend to think in the present. He is eternal. Because we receive unmerited love, we learn how to love. We discover purpose in life because he teaches us there is purpose beyond death. We have hope! Our motivations change from self-satisfaction and self-interest to obeying God and glorifying Him. But this takes time, effort, and discipline. Like any human relationship, we must persevere in our efforts—that is Motivated Spirituality!

Motivated Audio & Video

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Reflections to Consider

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Motivated Publications

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Motivated Music

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Music

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Motivated Reflection

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Audio & Video

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The Hit List

  • Soul of a Man by Blind Willie Johnson +

    Blind Willie Johnson ask in this song: Who am I? What does it mean to have a relationship with God? Read More
  • Soul Farmers +

    Worshipping God in spirit and truth begins with a willingness to participate with God’s spirit in changing who we are. Read More
  • Companion of the Souls +

    When the two disciples recognised Jesus as he broke the bread for them in their house in Emmaus, he "vanished Read More
  • Give My Soul Rest: the movie Avatar +

    Avatar, the 2009 movie by James Cameron, raised as much discussion and controversy through its piecemeal use of Native American, Read More
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Gems

  • Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson +

    Eugene Peterson’s book, Eat This Book gets its name from Revelation 10:9-10 when John asks for the scroll containing God’s Read More
  • The Eternally Burning Bush +

    And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work that we do. Oh, yes. Read More
  • Revelation Song +

    Revelation Song provides us with a means to do what we are called to do: glorify God. I give thanks Read More
  • Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire +

    It is doubtful if, in 1972, those attending one of Jim Cymbala's worship services in a run-down Brooklyn church imagined Read More
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