I have three post planned this week about great things we have and face as Christians. This morning, let’s look at our Greatest Motivation:
Our Greatest Motivation is Love.
Looking back into the prophets, Jeremiah reveals God’s love,
“My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent, for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. Crash follows hard on crash; the whole land is laid waste. Suddenly my tents are laid waste, my curtains in a moment. How long must I see the standard and hear the sound of the trumpet? “For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are ‘wise’—in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.” Jer 4:19-22.
God is displaying what good parents understand. Growth comes with pain, but they still do not like to see their children hurt. It is the old parental saying, “This hurts me more than it hurts you.”
The apostle Paul reminds his readers of our need for love.
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Eph 4:15-16
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 2 Co 5:14-15
All of us are Proclaimers of the Good News (Gospel). If we love people we do not want to see them hurt by the sin in their life. We do not want to see the temporal pain caused by sinful behavior. We do not want to see them suffer eternally because of sinful behavior. If we love people we should tell them the Good News.
Learn to love. Love is our greatest motivation. Love motivated God to act,
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 Jo 4:7-10.