From 2 Cor 5:14-15 This is the very essence of Paul’s message to the Corinthians. 2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Paul speaks of a force that is compelling him. We need that same force in our lives. What made Paul what he was? The love of Christ controls us, he says. This force fuels choices and behavior. It is this force which diminishes the practice of sin. It is this force which meets our needs and accomplishes our goals. What are some Motivations than compel our behavior? Rewards such as:
1. Pleasure or wealth.
2. Wellness is another one.
3. Deadlines motivate us at times.
4. Relationships motivate one way or another.
5. Also image and status are motivators, it always positive.
Necessary Motivations to please God: Your mind has to be open and willing to receive God’s teaching or these motivations will not work for you. God forces no one. Hosea 4:6 - my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.
1. God the creator. I am here because I was made by an intelligent designer, not as a result of some accident. This one would be enough by itself. As a result, I live for Him and adhere to the Bible standard of morality.
2. Grace and Savior. Without Jesus I am nothing. It doesn’t matter what I accomplish if I don’t know Him and am totally unworthy of what He has given me. And what He surrendered to deliver that grace, to be rejected by those whom He fashioned.
3. Undone and hell. We are undone without God’s grace. Without Him, I would be enslaved. If you choose to walk away, you will be pursuing an empty life and face eternal regret, eternal.
4. Peace and joy. We have something that transcends all circumstances. There is always a reason to rejoice in Christ, even when our hearts are breaking.
5. Love and brotherhood. God gives us relationships to help us in our journey to Him, to nurture and encourage us
6. Hope eternal. The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. You come to me and I will fill you up, God says. Being in the presence of God for all time. Absolute joy, rest and fulfillment, every single breath, every single moment.
Psalms 16:11, Tony’s favorite verse in the Bible. Ps 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Everything that means anything is only found in Christ, everything.
The rewards we discussed earlier are all heavenly rewards. Ps 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved
That’s a salvation, security and stability we need.