Readings: Exodus 20:1-17, Philippians 4:11-13, Matthew 20:20-28

Motivated

I am trying to motivate myself to do something good, but it will take a lot of effort and time, and I don’t feel like doing it. I’m sometimes motivated by fear, which is a short and mean motivator. I’m looking for a kind and lasting motivator. We reviewed New Testament readings recently in Bible study, and I was intrigued by the many times “walk in it” was used. For example, walk in love, walk in the light, walk in the footsteps of faith, walk as Jesus did, walk in the truth. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. (2 John 1:6) This week’s reading is from Exodus 20, famous for the Ten Commandments, wherein God told the Israelites how to walk in love. Jesus added more love and also commanded us to walk in it. And this is love…love is the motivator. I know a couple who radically changed their diets to protect their health. They didn’t do it out of fear of disease; they did it out of love for their children and a desire to do all in their control to live healthy lives to the end. Love is the motivator that lasts. I don’t know why I’m finding that a revelation today. My eyes opened anew to a distinction between walking in His love and walking in love. Walking in His love offers us a whole lot of God’s gifts and fills us up. In other words, it’s like having sunlight streaming down on us on a perfect spring morning. When we walk in love and obedience, there’s more action on our part. As a result, that sunshine flows out through us to everything in our lives. We can do great things with God when we are motivated by love! Walking in love, and praying you are, too, Tracy