Understanding What Drives You! (Part 1)


I John 2:15-17

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

‭‭When one thinks of a driving force or something that motivates them to press on or go forward, many things come to mind. Almost immediately we are presented with the idea of what makes me do what I do. A car has no power of itself unless there is an engine pushing it forward. Without this engine to power the car, it will remain in the same location until someone or something comes along and makes it move. In life, we are the same way. However, the things that will move one person will not even make another budge. When a person finds the things that will personally motivate them they are on their way to finding fulfillment. When we discover our life’s purpose and collaborate with what motivates us personally, one will tap into unlimited enlightenment. 

In our text, we read what things are out there to motivate the lost world and how these things can distract us. These things can be from the list of the following below:

  1. Power
  2. Possessions
  3. Prestige
  4. Purpose
  5. Pride

We will see how these things can drive you or how they can wreck you! Join us as we discuss and understand what drives you.

I. Power

Webster’s dictionary defines power as the ability to act, great strength or delegated authority. 

Powerful behavior

The behavior of a powerful person often leads much to be desired. Some of the unsocial things they may do include:

  • Being disinterested in the welfare of others.
  • Stereotyping others, including showing bias.
  • Not making eye contact when in conversation.
  • Acting as if they are entitled to get what they want.
  • Expecting others to comply with their requirements without question.
  • Acting in untrustworthy ways, but expecting to be trusted.
  • Having different rules and values for themself vs. other people.
  • Being more prone to anger than others. 
  • Acting outside company policy or creating it for their own purpose.
  • Breaking the law.
  • Believing they are untouchable and above the law.
  • Colluding with other powerful people in immoral and illegal acts.

Why does power motivate people? We find the answer in the bible as it relates to Christians. Notice our text!

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Looking at this verse at face value draws no conclusions but when we look at this verse in context, we see something interesting. 

  • and the pride of life

Why do we share this verse? We see that power and pride go hand in hand! When people gain power there must be a humble spirit or else there can be a prideful spirit. 

How does power motivate?

The motivation of power can either take the form of a desire for autonomy or other desire to control others around us. We want to have choices and control over our own lives. We strive for the ability to direct the manner in which we live now and the way our lives will unfold in the future.

We also often aspire to control others around us. The desire for control is stronger in some people than others. In some cases, the craving for power induces people to harmful, immoral, or illegal behavior. In other situations, the longing for power is merely a desire to affect the behavior of others. We simply want people to do what we want, according to our timetable, and the way we want it done.

The bible tells us in Proverbs 21:2 “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.” We all want to be honored and have special power and privileges. However, this isn’t always the best thing. Why? Because to gain power we often do things that are good in our eyes but not good in God’s eyes. Power is good if properly used but most often this power perverts our pure intentions. Accepting a position because of the power attached to the title could cause many to misuse this authority. God gives us power to walk worthy of Him but it is a choice. What will you choose? Will you choose perfection or perversion? In tomorrow’s devotional we will discuss the next motivator in our series. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie. 

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