Our Motivation in Jesus

Motivation.

It’s what causes us to get out of bed in the mornings.

Without motivation, we’d have no reason to brush our teeth, prepare breakfast, get our children to school on time. We’d think, why, what’s the reason? Let me lie in bed and enjoy the comfort of my surroundings.

Then the mortgage company calls with an eviction notice, the truant officer knocks on the door because of excess school absences, and there’s nothing in the pantry for lunch because we never made it to the store.

Talk about motivation. We’re getting a kick in the backside telling us that we should be at least a little motivated.

How about our spiritual motivation? What’s our kick in the backside there? Read in Hebrews 12:2:

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

From whatever starting point we are at, no matter how low we have fallen, we cast our eyes on the Lord and find our reason to thrust off the ruinous chains that have bound us.

Here are four reasons to find our motivation in Jesus:

Reason No. 1: He is both the author and finisher of our faith. The beginning and the end. The first and the last.

Reason No. 2: For our benefit, he took on the cross. He knew the pain he would endure, and he considered it worth the trial.

Reason No. 3: He accepted the shame and indignity of being slotted in with the lowest dregs of humanity so that we could step up into the light of salvation.

Reason No. 4: Our Lord now resides at the throne of God where he intercedes for those who have accepted salvation and endeavor to model their lives after his holy and pure example.

So, the next time the day seems bleak, and you wonder how you can get through it all, remember Jesus. He made it through worse, and he did it for you.

Christ is our example, the motivation we need to move forward in him.

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