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What Motivates Us?

James 4:17
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

What motivates us? What is it that causes us to act – to think – the way we do? Motivation is something we all try to do for ourselves and for others. Coaches try to motivate their team. Bosses try to motivate their employees. Managers try to motivate those who work on their team at work. Spouses try to motivate each other to be better and parents try to motivate their children to be the best they can be. Drill sergeants try to motivate their recruits. what motivates us?

I thought the Bible would be a good place to look for what motivates us. The 4th Chapter of James is about heart and motivation. It ends with the verse of the day. I read the whole chapter and realized I couldn’t add anything today so let’s read it together.

James 4:1-17 – 1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. 11 Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you — who are you to judge your neighbor? 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. 17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

Like I wrote earlier – I won’t even try to add anything today. The Word is powerful. I hope we will begin to dig into it today! Even more than we were yesterday! Become a student of the Word of God! God’s Word speaks to our hearts – to our souls – to our very being.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.


June 29, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Found very interesting,! Read it in small group tonight as our bible reading.


    Comment by Sherry | June 29, 2017 | Reply

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