“What’s Your Daily Motivation?”

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We begin to answer our question this week, with the words of the psalmist in Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This powerfully practical verse for daily living, provokes three immediate questions that every person must honestly answer: (1) Do you see each day as the Psalmist does? (2) When you get up each morning, are you able to rejoice at the beginning of a new day? and then, determine to be glad in it? and (3) What will motivate you to live the next twenty-four hours? That is, what desires will drive you to put in one more 9-5 day? 

Outside of their need for physical sustenance, it’s quite obvious what motivates the unbeliever to arise each morning: the clear pursuit of wealth, the desire to obtain a certain social standing, the goal to accumulate his “wish list” of perishable material possessions, and the list swells on and on and on ... But, dear Christian, what really motivates you to be about your daily routine? The Psalmist says that foundational to all other motivations, the Christian should be motivated to live joyfully, each day, because the Lord has created it! However, the Bible does not stop at Psalm 118:24 when it describes what should motivate the believer to arise and live each day. It also teaches us that our primary motivation for living each day should be: (1) ... driven by a desire to be pleasing to God [2 Corinthians 5:9 – i.e. practically speaking, for every believer is already pleasing to God because of the shed blood of his Son, which covers every authentic  believer’s sins]; (2) ... to live with Judgement-Day honesty, because he knows that he will one day have to appear before the Judgement-Seat of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10); and (3) ... to be stirred by the guarantee of our future safe arrival into Heaven’s blessed and glorious Kingdom (2 Timothy 4:18, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” And Jude 24, “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy”). Thus, it is obvious that our daily motive must be to live each day with an eternal perspective (2 Corinthians 5:8, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord), and to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether then, you eat or drink, or whatever you do. Do all to the glory of God”). It’s no wonder that pastor John MacArthur once said, “Each week, when I prepare sermons, I am constantly asking myself, ‘John, what’s your motive? What’s your motive? What’s your motive?’” I leave you with Gustave Le Bon’s following penetrating thought about our topic this week, “The greater part of our daily actions are the result of hidden motives which escape our observation.” In conclusion, let us draw near to God, first, by taking heed to our heart preparation today, for encountering the living God tomorrow, in our public Worship service, both through our praises and prayers to Him, with God’s people; and secondly, through our attending to the reading and preaching of His Holy, inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! Soli Deo Gloria! Happy Reformation Year 500!!

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