Blog
Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43   Entries 1-5 of 215
March 23, 2015, 9:23 AM

Ultimately, Everything Jesus Did.......


Was out of love.  

That was his motivator.  God's love began his journey (John 3:16); and God's love completed his journey (Luke 23: 34; 43; 24: 50 -51). 

What motivates us?  We speak of wanting to follow Jesus, and we sing of Surrendering All...  But why?  Heaven.  We live this way to gain a reward.  We establish boundaries so we don't stray too far from the center, which we assume keeps us in God's grace, therefore allowing us into Heaven.  So even within the most Christ-like actions we squeeze into our schedules, we are seeking benefit.  (I'm writing this with eyes turned inward, just a heads up so there is no confusion or accusation inferred).   

If eternity was no longer in the picture, would we still live this way?  That question cuts down to the very core of our souls and into the decision we've made to follow Christ.  In asking that question we have to understand the reality of Jesus' motivation:  He loved us so much that he died on the cross for our sins.  That means when we forget, he still died.  When we bank on grace and give in to temptation and sin, he still died.  When we are wrecked with guilt after falling off the wagon again, and again, and again, he still died for us.  When we simply ignore the commands and guidelines set before us and choose to live for worldly gain and wealth, he still died for us.  

His motivation was love.  No matter what our motivation is, has been, or will be.  That means he died for Barabbas, who was freed from death row in Roman prison and was never heard from again.  That means he died for thieves, scoundrels, and the nastiest sorts of people.  Because he loves us.  

If I want to do what Jesus did, then I have to figure out what motivates me.  Its a hard question to ask and its an even harder change to make. We're told from nearly day one to look out for #1 (me, myself, and I).  Do well in school, get good grades so you can get into a good college, so you can work hard and get a good job, so you can put enough away into retirement, so you can be comfortable until you die.  If one of those steps is ignored or prioritized poorly, that person is identified as trouble, or a slacker.  The American Dream is all about us, and leaves very little room for Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, and Compassion.  

I cannot imagine any of the stories of Jesus even existing without those four components being in play long before he was born in Bethlehem.  The shift needs to happen where Christ-Followers and Churches take the desire for reward out of the equation and take up the mantle of doing What Jesus Did because we are motivated by the same thing:  Love.   

 


Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43   Entries 1-5 of 215