“But by the grace of God I am what I am. And His grace toward me was not in vain. I labored more abundantly than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1 Cor. 15:10
Motivation is good and very important, but it is not enough. You may be motivated to do something, perhaps in exchange for a great reward, but it is not enough if you do not have the ability and power to do what is required.
The apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote the Bible verse above, knowing what he was talking about. Before he believed in Jesus, he had tried to eradicate the faith in Jesus and persecuted the Christians. But one day he had a life-changing encounter with Jesus. Paul knew his background and understood that it was by God’s grace that he now was what he was. He was secure in his identity through the faith in Jesus.
That we can be saved, remain saved, and do things for God is all by grace. We receive grace through faith. And when we receive grace, something happens in us, our identity, but also through us, deeds. By the grace of God we get the power to work and do things that glorify God and help people.
So, motivation is good and even there God wants to help us. God wants to motivate us not to live egocentric lives. And, God also wants to give us the ability and power to work and glorify God with our lives.
Believe in Jesus today, every day, that He is your Savior but also your shepherd who wants to lead, protect and strengthen you. Also believe in Jesus, that He is the vine that you are in as a branch and that life flows from Him through you and gives you the power and ability to do God’s will. All of grace, which we receive by believing and therefore all glory belongs to God.
“For if by one man’s trespass death reigned through him, then how much more will those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” Rom. 5:17
God bless you.
/ David Billström