In the Christian life, our deeds are important. But even more important are our motives.
Even the most sweeping actions and sacrificial gifts are nothing if done without the proper motivation – they leave us, as Paul says, like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
There’s only one motivation that will provide us the fuel necessary to endure – only one motivation that will count for anything in the eyes of God.
That motivation is love.
If you struggle with maintaining the discipline to keep going or if you struggle with focusing and managing your time – love is the only motivation that will allow you to succeed.
It sounds easy to say but hard to live out – mainly for the reason that we, as Christians, are so good at deceiving ourselves. We think we’re acting out of love when we’re not.
I have problems acting out of love. I imagine you do too.
Here are some ways that not serving out of love will cause us to fail – and thinking about these behaviors will also help us diagnose our own hearts to see if we are truly acting out of love.