Motivation

Dear friends

What are your most powerful drivers in life?

I think when we explore this, we can also find out a lot about our spiritual life, about our walk with CHRIST.

In detail, but also by exploring the bigger picture.

For me, there are many distinctions / categories to firstly determine what drives us and then possibly make adjustments towards a more holy / godly destination – if that’s what we choose to do…?

The first category or question to ask ourselves, that I find very revealing and informative is are we driven by motives to serve / improve/ satisfy ourselves or others?

Being self-centered or CHRIST-oriented are truly opposites and although none of us can probably say that we manage to be moving about our lives in a selfless manner at all times, most of us will probably agree that we could or would like to do it more – so this question can help us to identify why we are endeavoring a certain deed, embarking on a certain mission, striving to reach a certain goal – and once we are clear on our motives, we can either adjust our goal or use the clarity of our motives to move forward even more powerfully.

The next way to come more clear with our motives is to look at our desired outcomes

What exactly are we trying to achieve?
And if we achieved this desired outcome, whom or what would this glorify?
What would it inspire in people?
Whereas most successes can inspire some people, is this particular one going to inspire people who will see it in a godly or in a worldly way?
Are we striving to climb the next step on the worldly success ladder, perhaps for financial gain or for image improvement – or will we be a better role-model of a CHRIST-like person when we achieve this goal?

Which side of ourselves will be satisfied when reaching this goal?

When we reach a goal we have been working towards, we are glad and proud.
But which side of us will be satisfied most?
Will it be our ego?
Or will it be the side of us that wants to serve GOD?

What are we planning to do with this achievement?

Once we have reached this goal, what’s next?
How will we use the new position?
I am thinking of a very common example here: finding a partner.
Will we use this union to unite forces, talents and ideas in order to pursue a common mission together, a godly purpose we may both be called to?
Or will we be happy in this life together with our partner, loving them and enjoying them and perhaps even putting the relationship above our relationship to GOD, making it our idol?

If you are willing to explore this specific topic further, here is a teaching which I find helpful (and challenging!) in regards to godly relationship goals (it is a series and this is the first teaching, very edifying, I find):

Regardless of the area where our goal is and of how clear we are on our motives and if or if not we are even willing to explore them, GOD sees our hearts and HE knows why we want the things we want and why we pursue what (or whom) we are pursuing after.
HE knows us.
Sometimes even better than we know ourselves!
I personally believe (from searching my own soul) that when GOD refuses to hear our prayers or grant us some of our heart’s desires, it could be because HE disapproves of our motives and wants to teach us something before HE can allow us to go there.

What do you think, my friend?
Have you encountered obstacles from reaching your goals?
And have you had the thought that it could be GOD wants to tell you something before HE will let you get there?
Please share your experiences with us via the comments.

If you haven’t thought about your motives and life goals in depth before, I hope this can help you gain more clarity.

And if you have now realized that GOD truly decides whether or not you will reach any goal, you may want to consider giving your life to HIM – if you haven’t done so?

Maybe you have even realized that you have been living for the wrong master up to now?

If you haven’t given your life to JESUS, please don’t wait any longer.

You can do so right here and right now!

Here is an example of what you can pray in your heart right now, if you want to make JESUS LORD over your life:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I acknowledge and confess that I have not lived my life for YOU to this day, but have been living for myself and in sin and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need YOU in my life; I want YOU in my life.
I recognize the completed work of YOUR only begotten Son JESUS CHRIST in giving HIS life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart JESUS is LORD and that HE was raised from the dead and ask for YOUR forgiveness, which YOU have made freely available to me through this sacrifice.
Come into my life now, LORD!
Take up residence in my heart and be my KING, my LORD, and my SAVIOUR!
From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow YOU all the days of my life. Those days are in YOUR hands.
I ask this Jesus name.
Amen.”

If you have just prayed this prayer, you are now part of GOD’s kingdom and family and I heartily welcome you, my dear brother or sister!

The next thing to do is get a bible and find a church where you can receive further instructions, so that your new life in THE LORD may prosper and that you will become who HE made you to be.

GOD bless you and if you have any questions or need any assistance, please get in touch.

I hope and pray that this will inspire, bless, heal and encourage you.
And that THE LORD will bless you abundantly in all areas of your life. That HE will keep you and shine HIS face upon you and bring you peace. In JESUS’ name I pray. AMEN.

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