The Importance of having a Biblical World-View – Part 4
Purpose and Motivation
Purpose has everything to do with aims, goals, objective, doing things with an end in mind. The thrust of one’s life that has definite goals in mind, spring from one’s sense of “purpose” (maybe even the sense of destiny). It is sometimes hard to define the word “purpose” without using “purpose” in the definition. It has everything to do with the “reasoning” behind why you are doing what you are doing.
Motivation, on the other hand is the “reasoning” behind the “reasoning” behind why you are doing what you are doing. WHAT? The question of “what is your motivation for why you are doing what you are doing?” is the key to this installment in this series of “The Importance of having a Biblical World-View”. The WHY behind it all. The ROOT of the “Whys” in our lives is our motivation, the motivating factors.
In crimes, when something is a horrific crime, we are left asking “what was the criminal’s motivation?” The criminal may have had a purpose or purposes, or did this crime “on purpose” … but his/her motivation is the root key of what detectives seek to investigate. Once the motivation question is found, the purpose, the aims, the goals, the objectives of that criminal seem to make more sense (of course some crime just never makes any sense, ever).
Purpose and Motivation are in the realms of the following questions:
– Why am I living?
– Why am I here on planet earth?
– What is my purpose in life?
– Do I even have a purpose or is life just aimless?
For most of us, at various times in our lives, we have asked similar questions, especially during times of reflection during life’s tragedies, or while we were young and becoming adults. It is at those times in our lives when we have these golden opportunities of pondering and reflecting … those times are becoming rarer and rarer … in our fast-paced, information-filled, noise-filled lives. This may have been the reason, that even Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, “stole away” to a quiet place to pray. Getting away and focusing on God and His Word are so vital to our lives … times in which we can gain Perspective, reflect on our Motivations and Purposes in Life as followers of God, according to His Word.
Purpose and Motivation – if those concepts are FOUNDED and ROOTED deeply in a Biblical World-View, then life makes perfect sense. It may not make sense in the midst of some circumstance we find ourselves in, but in our OVERALL view of life, we find solace … peace and joy.
Just in case you missed some of my previous posts in this series and the previous series. The teachings found there may help you, as well.
Purpose and Motivation must be based upon something, otherwise life has no meaning and no use for the living. It may seem obvious, but true, tie in the real experiential concepts of “Hope” (or the lack, thereof: “Hopelessness”) along with Joy and Peace and you have the basic core relational fruits of deep intimacy with the God of the Bible (or the fruit of lack thereof, depending on one’s situation).
We all know of cases of people we have known or have heard about whose lives are chaotic, aimless, hopeless, purposeless, lacking any real motivation or ambition to live life wholesomely … etc. We have seen the FRUIT of those kinds of lives. In fact, we might have been some of those “kinds” of people. Lacking motivation, no hope, no joy, no peace, no purpose in life brings chaos, laziness, filthiness, tremendous relational dysfunction and even death. Yes, such lives are deadly. Many criminals are bearing much of this fruit.
But there is Hope:
Based upon God’s Word the Bible, we all, as humans have some common purposes beyond just normal physical survival, safety, and comfort. We have higher, and prior purposes.
In Genesis 2 we find God creating Adam and Eve to “cultivate”, “till”, or “take care” of God’s Garden. Of course, God was speaking of the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 2:15-17). From the very beginning of human creation, we have had a purpose, and that is to obey God. Our purpose is to please God, obey Him, and serve Him. We were created to serve, obey, and to PLEASE God. We are to live to PLEASE God – that is our overall, over-arching Purpose in life, according to God’s Word, the Bible. We are NOT to live to please ourselves, or to live to please others around us, but ONLY to Please God. This may seem crazy, in today’s world, but let me give you a few verses that illustrate this concept of Living to Please God:
Romans 8:8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
(i.e.: “of the flesh” – unrepentant sinners, living in sin, cannot please God)
1 Corinthians 7:32 But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord – how he may please the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to God. (see also: 2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
Colossians 1:10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of
Ephesians 5:10 Try to learn what pleases the Lord. (Good News translation)
Ephesians 6:6 not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart…
Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but pleasing God who tests our hearts.
1 Thessalonians 4:1 Now then, brothers and sisters, because of the Lord Jesus we ask and encourage you to excel in living a God-pleasing life
even more than you already do. Do this the way we taught you. (God’s Word translation)
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of
those who diligently seek Him. (yes, our Faith in God has as its aim (purpose) – to Please God).
This is just the tip of the ice-berg, so to speak, of the weight of Holy Scripture from the Old and New Testaments. If you remember some of the Old Testament accounts of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David and others who actually pleased God. What did they eventually find out in life? Their Purpose was to live for, to obey, to have deep intimacy with, to worship, and to PLEASE God. Their purpose is our purpose, still today.
Motivations – what would motivate a person to live for, to obey, to have deep intimacy with, to worship, and to PLEASE God?
What motivates people, even today, to do certain things, even very organized, well though-out, well-planned things?
a. Fear of losing one’s own, personal life
b. Fear of losing status
c. Fear of losing money and/or possessions
d. Fear of losing people you love or want
(think of hostage situations, etc…)
2. Pride – Fame – Social Status and Respect
— gaining, keeping, and/or growing it
— (can include competition of all sorts [good or evil])
— gaining, keeping, and/or growing it
4. Revenge, Vengeance
— getting even with those that have harmed me …
5. Love: Thankful and Loyal Loving response to the personal experience of Love from someone.
(this represents the highest motivation known to humans, by the way…)
These five areas are the core of what motivates humans to do what they do, and pretty much sums up our human experience and history. We need only reflect a few minutes to think about the horrible, selfish legacy we have throughout history from Adam and Eve unto our present time. We can think quickly of empires, kingdoms, religious fanatics, and every kind of human institution abusing and slaughtering multiplied millions for some “motivation” or another of the first 4 above. Yet, we have a very hard time trying to find that same kind of result from #5 above. It is #5, Love, as a motivating factor, that seems to be the “new kid on the block”. When did he move in? This is the RARE Motivation, that we are not as familiar with, but it is at the very CORE of our relationship with our God and Savior.
Jesus said, “… if you love Me, keep My commandments …” (i.e.: Obey Me) (see John 14:15,21; John 15:10)
In the Great Commission, Jesus told His apostles to make disciples of Jesus from all nations, “… teaching them to OBEY everything I taught you
…” – which means to teach these new believers in Jesus Christ, to OBEY Him (see Matthew 28:18-20).
Since Jesus touched upon every Old Testament book of the Bible and commissioned His disciples to write what we now call “the New Testament” … teaching them everything from God’s Word, the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, all of it, and teaching His disciples to obey all that applies to New Testament disciples of Jesus Christ. Obedience to Christ, Pleases Him. We are not talking about obedience that earns us salvation. We are talking about what genuinely “saved” people are to do in life … and that is to OBEY Jesus Christ, our Master, our King, our Lord, our Savior. Jesus is not commanding us to OBEY Him as if we are non-thinking robots, either. He wants us to be engaged with Him as we obey Him.
But People will not want to follow and obey Jesus Christ UNLESS… unless they are IN LOVE with Jesus Christ.
People will have
– no interest
– no desire
– no passion
– no WANT
– no motivation
to OBEY Jesus – unless they have
- First, Experienced His SALVATION – the POWER of His SALVATION – the tranformational power of His Salvation…
- Have SURRENDERED unto Jesus Christ – so that Jesus is their Lord, King, Master, God, and Savior.
Has the sinner recognized that he or she is a sinner, indeed, fully a sinner, standing before a Holy, Wrathful and Just God? Has the sinner repented of his or her sin and TRUSTED in Jesus Christ and His Finished work of redemption as his/her only way of salvation from sin’s just judgment from God? Does that person fully trust that what Jesus did for that person: His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection, His Finished Redemptive Work of Salvation – does he/she believe that was ENOUGH for that repentant sinner’s SALVATION? If so, that repentant sinner is, now, a born-again, new creations in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I know of many that I have sought to encourage to read their Bible, to pray, to follow Christ after they were “supposedly” saved. Yet it was like pulling teeth. Each found an excuse in their busy lives that somehow they could not find the time to get away and pray to God, to study His word, even once during the week. They had NO MOTIVATION to fulfill part of their PURPOSE of living and following God. Their interests waned and faded away. But a true, genuine, born again, disciple of Jesus Christ is IN LOVE with Jesus Christ. This does not mean perfection, but it does go to MOTIVATION. There is a a motivating factor, a power, an energy of motivation that fuels the fires of purpose for the genuine, born again disciple of Jesus Christ. They will WANT to, have a Desire to, have a Motivation to Read God’s Word, to pray to God on a regular basis. Godly encouragement actually does help those kinds of folks, to help reinvigorate their fire of motivation to continue onward, enduring and persevering in their purposeful life.
Without the energy and fire of biblically-based, Holy Spirit-empowered motivation, God’s purposes in our lives will tend to fade away.
If you find yourself in that weird in-between area of life and God just seems to be distant, please go back to His Word, study His Word, and spend more time seeking His face. Please seek His face in prayer, NOT for stuff and things, etc… but for more of Him in your life. Seek Him for your relationship with Him to be deeper and all that He wants your relationship with Him to be. Fuel the fires of motivation with God and His Word … this will clarify your Life Purposes.
Have you ever seen or heard those interviews by news reporters in which the interviewer asks people – “what do you live for?”
It is interesting to read some of their “life-purposes”:
– my children
– my husband
– my wife
– to party and have a good time
– to help people in need
– to learn all I can about ________
– to get as much out of life as possible
– to see the world
… and many others . . ..
I rarely, if ever, heard anyone ever say – “I live for God, to obey and please Him. That is my highest goal in life.”
Yes it is very rare indeed.
Understanding, embracing, and owning: “I live for God, to obey and please Him. That is my highest goal in life.” that is what makes the
“Biblical World-View” biblically, God’s Perspective.
God wants us to have this perspective … or really for us to have HIS PERSPECTIVE on things in life and regarding life itself.
Yes, without these truths, one cannot have a “Biblical World-View”.
My hope is that every person reading these blog posts will gain God’s Perspective, and live life to the fullest of His Highest Calling in your
life for His Glory.
Live like you mean it, for Yahweh’s Sake,
Pastor Andy Thomas
New LIFE Fellowship