What Motivates You?

What motivates you?

 

 

Luke 10:38-42

 

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

 

Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus and He spent many days and nights with them. They had seen many, many miracles and blessings through their relationships with their Master.

 

 

 

They saw Lazarus raised from the dead.

 

John 11:1-5

 

Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

(It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

 

Mary had blessed the Lord by anointing His head with oil.

 

John 12:1-7

 

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,

Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

 

They had also enjoyed listening to His teachings while serving those who came to visit

 

Luke 10:38-42

 

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

 

 

 

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus knew Jesus pretty well. The Scriptures tell us that He loved them and it shows because He spent a lot of time in their company. They listened too Him, followed Him, and ministered too Him and others who also followed Him by serving everyone.

 

Yet in the previous verses we see something happening in Martha that we can also see in ourselves from time to time. What motivates us?

 

In the previous chapters listed we see Mary serving, by cooking and preparing the food for the guests that had come to listen to Jesus speak. We see Martha anointing Jesus’ feet with a costly perfume. There is no mention as to anyone having a problem, except Judas, but here in Luke 10 the roles are reversed.

Jesus and His followers had come into Mary and Martha’s village and had come by to visit.

Now Martha was serving and Mary chose to minister.

Martha doesn’t like it and she comes to the lord and suggests that He tell Mary to stop listening and help her with the serving.

 

This made me wonder just what motivates us. Why do we do what we do, in service at Church, or out in society?

 

Both women had done good things. They had both selflessly ministered to the Lord in their own ways without a though as to what they would receive for it.

 

They had also stepped into the background to serve Jesus and those who came to fellowship.

 

This time though there was something missing in the heart of Martha. She was focused on the wrong things while she was serving.

 

Her heart was not right.

 

There is nothing wrong with ministering or serving others. There is nothing wrong with being out there in front of others, worshiping the Lord. There is also nothing wrong with serving in the background while others get all the attention.

 

What is wrong is what we expect to receive from what we do. What is wrong is what we let motivate us to do what we are doing and just what we expect from the Lord.

 

If we go to church, minister to others, pray, read the Bible, join a fellowship, sing, praise, if we do any of these for something other than the glory of God, we might as well not do anything at all.

 

Many times we think that this new Bible Study, or this denomination, or this friendship will give us satisfaction.

This website, this new teaching, this speaker’s book will help me find fulfillment.

 

We chase each new study, each new meeting, always looking to be filled when that filling lies wholly and completely in waiting on, ministering too, and relying completely in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

It is selfishness when we look for something other than the Lord to fill us because he has completed His work. It is selfishness for us to look for something more.

 

Baptism does not fill

Membership does not fill

Working does not fill

religion does not fill

only the Spirit of God through the finished work of Jesus Christ fills us. This comes through faith plus nothing and this means an abiding in Christ and only Christ.

 

No work we could ever do could impress the Lord. We could never cause ourselves to be more saved than we already are. Simply we can’t work for it, we can’t maintain it, we could never seal it

 

Only Jesus Christ could ever do this work.

 

Martha had a heart that was motivated by selfishness and missing love

 

Paul said

 

1Corinthians 13:1-3

 

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

 

We could be the best speaker, we could be the most persuasive, most impressive, stylish, cool, minister, leader, elder known to man, but if we are motivated to serve or minister for anything other than love for others and the glory of Jesus Christ, we are useless.

 

When we learn to just be still and listen to Him and wait upon Him and just minister to Him then we will begin to know what it means to be filled and satisfied.

 

Let His love flow through you in service towards others and in ministering to the glory of the lord.

 

If you don’t know Him, let Him give you that love and that power to love through Him by trusting Him as your Savior

 

Then we can truly be motivated

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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