this is the third post that comes from listening to a podcast titled motivation for obedience. the sermon seemed to reach out and really grab me as i listened and so i wanted to share what i heard, to share it…but also to really allow it to sink into myself as i wrote. the first two points were:
1. the love of Christ compels us to motivation.
2. a man walking under the banner of “what about me” will be the most miserable of human beings.
the third is this:
3. there are secondary motivators for obedience for times when the love of Christ doesn’t seem to move us.
to be honest, i haven’t really thought this one through totally. it seems though like this. Christ desires we serve Him out of love for Him (or maybe even the love He gives us) but sometimes we don’t feel like it. see here’s the thing. i think there are millions of ways to divide people up. auburn or alabama fans, basketball or baseball, mountain vacation or beach,coke or pepsi…you know, but what i’m going for is self-disciplined vs…well not self-disciplined.
my best friend since high school is one of those strange humans who runs long distances for fun. i remember way back then that we’d all be bustin up to the school parking lot like eeh it’s early blaaaaah… but she’d bounce up cos she’d already have had a run that morning. crazy. THEN she’d go run again after school…usually even when there wasn’t practice. runners are a very unique breed…because they LOVE it. like if they don’t run for a day or few they’re cranky and all they want is a run. swimmers, i’ve found, tend to be like this too with their sport.
i’m only really like that for coffee…
i struggle a lot when i’m left to choose for myself between things i might not really want to do (though they might be good for me) and things i enjoy or feel like doing right then. i think that being obedient to Christ can fall here too. many times, when it is clear, or my heart is in a right place, or it’s easy i’m quick to joyfully respond to the Lord in obedience. othertimes, especially when i’m tired or in a bad spot myself, or just being selfish or lazy, i’m not really good at being obedient…especially if that obedience doesn’t fit into the feel good category.
here’s what the pastor i was listening to was saying though. sometimes we don’t want to be obedient for whatever reason…but the consequences or cost of disobedience are so high that those drive us to obedience too. this is great news because here’s the deal…the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ [rom 6:23]. when we are disobedient we sin. sin leads us to be separated from Christ as well as having potential other consequences. sometimes i don’t feel like showing Jesus i love Him or sometimes i don’t feel like i love Him, but the truth is that i do. and that truth reminds me of what the costs are when i am not right with the Lord…and those lead me to take His hand and follow as He leads…though sometimes it takes awhile and a fight to take that extended hand.
also, as unspiritual as it is…this post has me singing the Gilmore Girls theme song in my head…
where you lead, i will follow…anywhere…that you tell me to…