Motivated to Acts of Love and Good Works
Study of John 8:12 – 30
“The whole history of Israel had been designed that the Jews should recognize the Messiah when He came... but they had become so involved with their own ideas, so intent on their own ways, so sure of their own conceptions of what religion was - that they had become blind to God.”
Jesus is the Light
The timing of Jesus’ statement had a significant impact on all listening. The religious leaders were upset, as Jesus used this celebration to draw attention away from them. Those understanding the significance of what Jesus said, saw hope and life in His words.
The Illumination of the Temple. A celebration to draw attention to “the temple”. The Court of Women would be set up with a stage. Great candelabras would be brought out in the evening to light up the temple and evening sky. The religious leaders would dance in celebration of the temple. All others would sit and watch.
The Calling of Jesus to others:
“Whoever follows me...”
“... will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
Vs. 14, 18:
Jesus remains firm in His statement. Fear and intimidation will not cause Jesus to alter His trust and actions. Jesus knows who He is, where He comes from, what His purpose is. Jesus' boldness is infectious.
Jesus is performing for an audience of one: John 5:30; John 8:29.
No one can pressure me without my permission
Knowing and Following our Purpose:
Purpose is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice.
1 Peter 2:9
Make the right choice and stick with it:
- The only person we can make choices for is ourself.
- We have no control of others and over events.
Choose to follow God and His plan, rather than letting life just happen to us.
Once we make the decision, then commit to it, and care about what we have chosen.
- Make sure we have clear goals within our choice.
- Goals greater than ourselves.
- Make goals that not based on our limitations, but on God's capacities.
- "BHAG" goals: Big Hairy Audacious Goals.
Everyone is called by God to do something. A non-ministering believer is a contradiction of terms:
God clearly laid out a calling for all Christians, regardless of their chosen profession, to fulfill.
1 Corinthians 7:17
Philippians 2:1 – 4
Ephesians 4:1 – 16
Matthew 6:33 – 34
Micah 6:8; Isaiah 58:6 – 7
Proverbs 31:8 – 9
How can we know our specific ministry?
S – SPIRITUAL GIFTS
H – HEART – THE PASSION GOD PLACED ON OUR HEART
A – ABILITIES
P – PERSONALITY
E – EXPERIENCES
What motivates us into service?
John 8:14 – Jesus was motivated.
Everybody’s life is driven, motivated, by something.
Is fear a good motivator?
Fear and intimidation can push people to work to obey, to conform.
It is also destructive - causing anger, shame, hurt, guilt, regret, lack of self-worth, long-term emotional problems, and trauma for individuals, agencies, and societies.
Positive motivation: Hebrews 10:24
Positive motivation causes us to thrive. The opposite causes us to flounder.
“I do this because it’s the right thing to do.”
“I do this because I believe in it.”
God can help us, if we are open, to find the motivation to get to know Him and to follow His purpose for our lives.
He equips us:
1 Samuel 10:9
Ephesians 1:19 – 20
2 Corinthians 3:5
He who called us is faithful:
1 Thess. 5:24
Isaiah 40:29 – 31
The direction of our life is our choice. Know what we believe, why we believe. Follow God’s plan with purpose and passion.
1 Corinthians 1:4 – 9
Ephesians 4:1 “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”