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Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
A pastor of a small community church, called Glen, tells the story of how he was called to the ministry. He says that he felt God's call to the ministry while working as a successful businessman. He began taking Bible courses at night, and eventually obtained his degree. Prior to graduation, he informed his boss that he'd soon be leaving to work as a pastor in a rural church. Neither the owner of the company or the boss believed him, and they neglected to obtain a replacement for Glen. Eventually Glen told the boss that he really was leaving, and they needed to find a replacement as soon as possible. The owner of the company still doubting Glen's sincerity, instructed Glen's boss, "Offer him a $500.00 raise, and if he takes it, fire him on the spot!"
Motivation is a fleeting emotion. So many folks are motivated by money or success or the esteem of others, while others are motivated by responsivity or duty. And there are those people who are secure in their own self-esteem and press into great heights under self-motivation, until their self-motivation is undermined by criticisms. When motivations like these begin to fade the individual becomes deflated and often descends into depression.
I believe these types of motivation are transient. In the Bible we find many characters who were seemingly self-motivated, like Apostle Paul. Paul was a great miracle working preacher who planted many churches and, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, penned several books of the Bible. And yet, Paul faced intense bouts of demotivation. One time he said, “A thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.” I could imagine this “thorn” might have been criticism and great opposition, attempting to demotivate him and drag him away from God’s purposes. But Paul goes on to say that Jesus told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Grace is God’s doing. Grace saves us from sin and grace empowers us to serve. Grace is God working in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Feeling demotivated today? Let the favour (grace) of the Lord your God be upon you and establish the work of your hands upon you; yes, establish the work of your hands!
God-tracking is being motivated by God’s grace
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2 Corinthians 12:1-12
DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY
I surrender the work of my hands to you
“Dear Lord, I have tried very hard to maintain my motivation but I’m feeling very unmotivated today. I am weary. In my attempt for success, please forgive me if I have done anything wrong and reveal any wrongdoing to me. I surrender the work of my hands to you, in Jesus’ name. I seek your power and grace to motivate me to carry on. Dear Lord, my your favour – your grace – establish the work of my hands. Amen.”
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