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!

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The Hit List

  • We Adore You, O Christ-Adoramus Te Christe +

    We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because with your precious blood you have redeemed the world. Have Read More
  • Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee by Casting Crowns +

    Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the Read More
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Gems

  • The Resurrection +

    (John 20) The Resurrection 1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, Read More
  • Glorification (Receiving a Resurrection Body) by Dr. Wayne Grudem, from Systematic Theology, ch 42.) +

    When will we receive a resurrection body? What will they be like? I. Explanation & Scriptural Basis Definition - Glorification is Read More
  • Living In Resurrection Power John 11:25 by Sylvia Gunter +

    Hear God's Word for you in John 11:25. "I am the resurrection and the life." And in 1 Peter 1:3 Read More
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