What's Your Motive?
I'm a personal trainer, so part of my job is to help motivate my clients to exercise. Everybody needs motivation regardless of what they're doing.
For example, at least part of your motivation to go to work every day is getting a paycheck. Maybe your motivation for tackling a rigorous hike is enjoying the gorgeous view at the end. Perhaps you dream of fitting into a pair of jeans that you haven't worn for years, so you exercise every day.
The more motivation we have, the more likely we are to do what's necessary to get us to that goal.
A few weekends ago, I missed going to the Atlantic Coast Area Campout, and I was very disappointed that we couldn't attend. Until we moved to Colorado two-plus years ago, I'd attended it for as long as I could remember.
I had a lot of motivation for wanting to go. I love visiting with brothers and sisters I've known my whole life but don't get the opportunity to see regularly. I love all the singing and testifying. I love the Spirit of God that I feel immediately from the moment I pull into campout. I love playing sports with all the guys. I love being in the wooded areas and having campfires. The list goes on.
Thinking of this made me ponder my motivation for going to church every Sunday.
Do I go just because that's what you do on Sunday mornings? Or do I have specific reasons?
For me, this motivation changes slightly from week to week. Maybe I'm not feeling well so I want to be anointed, or perhaps I've had a rough week and need to regroup or I want to catch up with my brothers and sisters.
Ultimately, my core motivation should be to meet the Lord there, to enjoy the privilege of worshiping Him and learning more about Him. Secondary to that, I should be motivated to bring a blessing for my fellow saints.
I believe once we discover our true motivation, we can get the most out of church services.
What is your motivation for going to Wednesday night or Sunday services?
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