Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 (NIV))
What motivates you? Like me, probably several things. My wife and children motivate me to try and be the best spiritual leader I can be. They motivate me to get up each day and go to work, get household chores done and spend quality time together. Parents, teachers, coaches, bosses, pastors and political leaders can motivate us as well.
But, the one thing that motivates me more than anything is God’s word. God speaks to us through His word. He tells us of the history of the world, He explains what is happening currently in the present time, and He gives us the future, all wrapped up in 66 books we call the Bible. This book gives us hope, teaches us about faith, plant’s God’s word in our hearts (our sub-conscience as well as conscience).
I love the history of the bible, and it is inspiring to gain understanding each day what the present is bringing me. I love the fact that His word helps me to understand what is coming in the future too. This motivates me a lot. God’s word opens our eyes to understand current events, and to understand what is coming next. No, it doesn’t tell us dates or times of anything that will be coming, but it helps me to understand a couple of important things.
- Truth – understanding God’s word and paying attention to current events helps me build my faith, and keeps my hope alive for what I can’t see.
- Location – it tells me where we have been, where we are and where we are going. Again, I have no clue when the unfulfilled prophecies are going to occur, but I know there are thousands that have been fulfilled and know that more is to come.
- Eternity – the certainty that I cannot completely understand, but it is my hope.
- Time – again, no one knows the day or the hour of the rapture of the church. I believe that it is going to occur, and that motivates me.
Knowing and understanding what is coming, we need to spread the word of the gospel. Not only do we hold onto the hope of the rapture, but we don’t know when our last day on earth as individuals is going to be. God does not want us to perish, that’s His will. If we want His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, then our will must be that no one perish either. That motivates me. I understand where we are, what’s coming, and that we all must make our choice here on earth. I don’t want anyone to go into eternity without hearing the good news (gospel). Each one of us must make our own choices, a choice that I can’t control. One thing I can control is the seeds that I plant.
Father I pray that your will be done on this earth. I pray that Christ followers will continue to plant seeds with the lost. I pray that those seeds will produce fruit for my Lord and Savior. In Jesus name, Amen.