Understanding What Drives You (Part 2)
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:
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.
Things that one can touch, see or handle. Among possessions we recognize that these are but not limited to:
- Material Items
- Mobile Devices
These things aren’t bad things but they can be distractions. What occurs often is many people see possessions as a successful relationship to God. How? Because most people relate success to gaining material possessions. However, God is not too concerned with giving us the world more than He is developing our character.
Why do people value possessions so much? I believe that we do because it is a tangible item that we can see and feel. As humans we have limited understanding and we depend heavily on what we can see and feel. This is why faith is so important! We are reminded many times in the bible that faith pleases God.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
I believe that God knows that we are heavily dependent upon seeing and feeling. Israel asked for many signs and wonders to confirm that God was wit them.
Plain and simple, possessions aren’t a bad thing. However, if we live for possessions and use them for our own enjoyment and not as a tool to help us reach others, aren’t we consuming them amiss? For instance, if I ask God for a new sports car because I want to look cool then who is this benefitting? Now if my car is broken and I ask God for another car because I desire to take others to church, now who is this benefitting?
Who benefits from your possessions? Does God receive the glory from this situation or will He be glorified? If not then I would seriously look at the motives behind what I do what I do and have what I have. Possessions motivate people because it is a tangible way to show that your are appreciated but this could lead to dependance upon the physical and ignoring the spiritual. In tomorrow’s devotional we will discuss this subject more in our next topic. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.