What is the motivation upon which I should serve God?
Enjoy this excerpt from Walking in God’s Grace…
Ever go to a zoo and watch how the animals seem very docile, even the wildest of creatures? If we were to see such animals in the wild, they indeed would be roaming free and running with unchained, uncaged abandonment. This is the difference between someone who is motivated to live their lives by something smaller than God (idolization) in order to gain the acceptance of man or God, versus someone who has discovered that God loves them regardless of how they respond or act.
For indeed, such freely given love and grace is a great motivator but not only a great motivator, but also a breath of fresh air as it allows its recipients to breathe the fresh air of freedom.
Freedom from what? Freedom from the rejection of others, fear of failure, need for approval from others to make us feel good about ourselves; or the need to find comfort, happiness and relief from things that are smaller than God. Freedom to what? Freedom to run, freedom to be wild, adventurous, creative. The freedom to dance even if they look at you with contempt, and to sing even if others tell you to “please be quiet you’re hurting my ears”. Most of all, freedom to be as we were created to be. We were created to be reflections of the glory of God, to worship Him (praise Him for being God and nothing else, and to make Him known .
Trapped by cages made of idols (anything that we seek— security, pleasure, comfort, approval from, that is not God) that we have built in our lives and the chains that are attached to each of these cages. Chains like our need for a stress-free life, our need for the approval of others (to be liked by others, to have others think well of us, to be pleased with who we are and what we do), needing to make sure that everything is in it’s place or in order.
This is just a small list of the chains that are attached to those cages. What is even worse is that some of these cages (remember made by our idols) have the appearance of being a good thing, and in truth, some of them are (good things can be idols). Sometimes it is not just the cages that we work hard to maintain and keep clean and respectable that are the problems, but that these things become the reason we exist, our focus in life, why we live…..continued
Walking in God’s Grace: Practical Answers to Tough Questions
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