The theme of our church this year is “Abounding”. Our pastor chose this idea in hopes of encouraging us as Christians to grow in every area of our spiritual lives. Looking at the way our world is continuing to abound in sin, our theme couldn’t have been more appropriate.
We know why we should abound in spiritual growth. We know it’s important to grow, or else we will fall stagnate, which can lead to many problems down the road.
It’s always easy to know the right thing to do and why we should do it; but true growth won’t happen until we have the right motives to back up our actions.
For me, at times, I can get caught up in the pride of working in the ministry. For example, “Oh look how many hours I’ve put into this church project! I’m so tired, but Glory to God right?”
Or maybe it’s, “I’ve been awake with my children since 2 AM, but I made it to church on time!”.
That’s not always my motive, of course, but I am a human with pride issues. But sometimes the motives to do the right thing aren’t so much self-centered as they are just about fulfilling an obligation.
“Ugh, I must get this house clean or I’ll have a grumpy family.” “I need to hurry up and make a nutritious meal for these kids or they won’t stop yelling at me!”
We’ve all been there. Doing the right things for the wrong reasons. But do you think God appreciates those moments? Probably not. I mean, I love the moment my two year old decides to finally pick up her toys, but I would be much more appreciative if she did it happily and without complaint.
We know the problem of impure motives. God won’t bless pride, obligation, and most likely doesn’t care for anything done for any other reason besides love for Him.
So HOW are we to keep our motives in check?
Understand thar God is our Portion — He Is Enough (Psalm 119:57)
He is all we need. We dont need approval from others, recognition for our accomplishments, or even love or respect from others to make us truly fulfilled. God’s love is everything.
We were His motivation to die on the Cross. How could we have any other motivation than Him?
We Entreat His Favor — Seek Him Out (Psalm 119:58)
We were created with a void that can only be filled by the Love of God. So when you know what you need, you seek it out. You need vitamins to be healthy. We eat nutritious foods to fulfill that need. Thirsty? You seek out water. Do you love chocolate? You stop at nothing to get to your secret stash.
You get the idea. Our natural response as Christians should be to seek out God, because we know He is our everything.
Learn and understand your calling (Psalm 119:59)
What does God have you here for? What is your purpose every day? Why does he keep you alive?
My purpose at this point in my life is to raise Godly Christian soldiers for the next generation. It doesn’t seem like I am accomplishing this goal on a daily basis, but when I put my role into perspective, it eases the burden.
I can’t tell you your purpose. You have to spend time in prayer and ask God to show you. Because when you know your role, you know your tasks at hand. You know what you’re going to need to do.
Go and Obey (Psalm 119:60)
This is pretty simple. He that knows to do good and does it not, to him it is a sin.
When we know our purpose and how to carry it out, there is no excuse not to do it. Verse 60 says “I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.”
This is where the “abounding” will begin; with obedience.
You can’t truly grow spiritually until your motives are pure. Because if we strive for vainglory, we will reap our earthly rewards yet miss out on the heavenly.
So let’s “Abound” together this year. Not for your Pastor, or even because of peer pressure, but because God is enough, we love Him, and we want others to come to the saving knowledge of His Salvation!