Monday Motivator – December 29

What is the major consideration that guides most of your daily decisions? Being Christ-centered? Sharing Jesus with others? Serving others? Being relevant? Honoring God through excellence? How something impacts your pocketbook? Environmental or ecological concerns? Carrying your family name with respect? Gaining power, popularity, possessions, or privilege?

I’ve read articles about people dealing with life-altering circumstances who came to the conclusion that recovering from a near-fatal accident, battling a crippling disease, or dealing with a major injury suffered while serving in the military required serious attention and effort. That coupled with the love and support of their family meant anything else was merely a trivial matter in comparison.

Every decision we make is always framed in the context of another larger consideration. Often circumstances will determine our direction. A roommate of mine in college once left school for a while to care for an ailing family member. Another friend was affected by the plight of homeless people and started offering them a place to stay in his home. That gesture grew into a full time service organization called Good Works. Often priorities are determined primarily by our choices. Yet our deepest convictions about what is important should and will guide our steps through life. Therefore I pursue excellence in order to honor God and inspire others. The values you have on the wall of your home or office should be lived out in the halls you walk.

Read John 6:25-40.

Jesus appears to regularly explain that everything He did was determined by a single purpose – to accomplish His Father’s will. When His disciples, who often worried about their next meal, could not figure why Jesus was not hungry, He replied, “I have food to eat that you do not know about…my food is to do the will of Him who sent me” (John 4:32,34).

After the crowds ate a meal that Jesus miraculously provided, they wanted to make Him their King. He responded by saying, “I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38).

Dr. Luke recorded an event in the Gospel he wrote regarding the agony Jesus faced in bearing the sin of the world on the cross. After being beaten, mocked, and ridiculed, and nailed to the executioner’s cross, Jesus prayed, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me, but not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

We live in a world where so many are comfortable and content to “go with the flow” and respond with “whatever” when you ask them “why” they are doing “what” they are doing. Jesus indicates that there in no substitute for bedrock convictions that differentiate the trivial from the important. There is a difference between being self-centered and Christ-centered. There is a difference between loving sin and hating God or loving God and hating sin. There is a difference between graciously serving others or being like the old Scrooge in the Dicken’s Christmas carol.

A determination to learn and do the will of the Father in heaven is the gateway to freedom and joy. Think theologically. Your decision to know and serve Christ affects all of your other decisions. In light of those priorities, anything else will seem more like a trivial pursuit.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

©2014 by Mike Olejarz

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