Love That Motivates

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There is a love that motivates any of us to serve others.  That love is powerful in many ways.

Ephesians 3:  that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—

Here we find a prayer to be rooted and grounded in love.  Here we find a desire to know the total scope and immensity of the love of God.  Why?  For motivation.

When we understand the love of the Father for us as individuals, we can access that love and apply that love to others.  Love becomes our motivation.

When Jesus looked out over Jerusalem, he was “moved with bowels of compassion”.  What  a  strange phrase this is.  You will not find it in all translations, but it is extremely accurate.  The core thought is that He is so touched with love that his stomach hurts.  This type of love commands you to action.  You must do something.

There are other instances where Jesus looks out and sees the people are confused, is moved with compassion, and sends out workers to teach and help.  It is a constant with Him.  Love motivates.

Jesus came to show us the Father.  He shows us the Father’s love.  The Father so loved the world that He gave His Son.  He was motivated to action by compassion.

Any father/leader does the same.  Our actions are driven by the deep motivations of our heart.  When greed is motivation, we act greedily.  When self sufficiency is motivation, we act accordingly.  When love is our motivation, we act with compassion and protection and provision.

Love brings health.   A friend of mine has struggled for some months over a decision.  In that  time frame, he has made many decisions that don’t seem to add up.  But there is a constant that has directed his path.  He has a great love to do a certain work and lead a certain demographic.  His decisions keep coming back to making that happen.  Wandering off course for a few weeks, he will always come back to supporting that group and that motivation.  It compels him.  The more questions he answers with that motivation, the more clear his path and direction becomes.

Think of a father and his family.  When he is motivated by love every decision leads in the same direction.  It leads to the health of his family.  When making  a priority decision over spending household budget, he will ensure everyone has their basic needs met and something that brings joy to them.  Love motivates and guides his decisions.  When making a decision during a hardship of whether to speak words that build or words that tear down, he will choose the former.  When finding himself in the wrong, he will seek forgiveness and health of his family over self serving his ego.  Love motivates to the good.

Love is healthy.  It leads us to life building decisions.

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Finding Energy For Living

In Ephesians 3 Paul breaks into prayer for those to whom he is writing.  I get like that sometimes.  When thinking about others and laying out plans for a next step, my mind and heart break into prayer.  It is habit.  It is a developed habit.  Hopefully, it is a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being

In the middle of the chapter and a long thought sequence on the unity of believers in Christ,     we find an enormously useful prayer encouragement.   It is a pure power prayer meant to impact lives.  This is not a wimpy prayer.  This is power.  I would love someone to pray this prayer for me on a regular basis.

The first part is all about health.

out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being

Every one of us needs energy to get our lives in motion.  Every one of us needs energy to overcome lethargy of disappointments and discouragements and diseases.  Every one of us needs energy.

Energy can come from the synergy of the Holy Spirit filling and activating us.  In a service in Matamoros, a pastor asked for prayer.  As I prayed for him and his wife, the energy of the Holy Spirit lifted me.  Praying for him, I was energized.  After three intensive days on my feet in the church and in the street, I was tired.   That moment lifted me into a new realm of energy and the rest of the service went by rapidly.

Going to bed can be a laborious ritual for some of us.  Not much energy in getting ready to sleep.  But going to bed on a tough day saps expectation of joy for the new morning.  I don’t like to sleep until I know I will wake with energy and expectation.  Right before I go to sleep I am motivated to stir up the Holy Spirit within me with scripture and expectant prayer and some times defiant declarations.  Somehow, I believe that is the Holy Spirit within me disturbing His power for protection and preservation and potential.   Then I can rest for the evening.  Confidence in His love is reassured and rest ensues.

Energy is needed.  The Holy Spirit inside of you is a source of powerful energy.  His action inside of you brings synergistic impact on reality. Reality changes to conform to God’s will and creativity.  You take out of the abundance of His storehouse of all that is needed for life    and Godliness and apply it to you action and day.ASK

In Malachai there is a promise.  The Son of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings.   You will leap forward out of a dormant position like a well fed calf jumping from the stall.  That is energy.  Anyone who has been to a rodeo knows that roping a calf is tough business.  They are full of moving energy. Darting and dashing, they elude the rope and delay timing of the best.  That can be you.  You can be darting and dashing and eluding the drag of life.  You can be full of energy.

Spend some time in the scripture. Spend some time listening in prayer.  Spend some time developing a forecast of the future that fits the design of God.  Be energized.

Energy can overcome every discouragement and disease.  It has a way of making them of no effect.