C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Friday, June 01, 2007

What Motivates Me As A Christian

What really motivates me as a Christian to witness and do the things of God. Hmmm…

[1] I believe that at conversion, God instilled a desire in me to do that which is well pleasing to Him. I believe through the power of Christ and the working of the Holy Spirit my conscience is pricked toward obedience. True I may not always “feel” like witnessing and I am something lead astray to sin, but even in these times the Spirit hints and urges me that what I am doing is wrong and that I need to be about my Father’s work. Although I may not always submit, I feel his voice is constantly present to lead and turn me. I just wish I obeyed more often even when I don’t “feel” like it. Remember obedience is doing that which we know we should do and not doing that which we know we should not do.

[2] I believe because of regeneration I now have a love for God that compels me to do what is right. When I consider the things that Christ had to endure for my sinful sake, so that I may be made righteous and forgiven of sin, it causes me to love Him more. How I often wish I had a perfect love for both God and man that could force me to do nothing but that which is right in the eyes of Truth. Although this love does motivate me, too often I ponder where I have felled in my love toward both God and man and wish that I could be better. So I try.

[3] When I think of eternity and that I believe hell is real, I am moved with compassion for those which reject the idea of God and refuse to trust in Christ the Savior for forgiveness of sin. I completely acknowledge that I am personally unable to convert them or force them to believe, but it does not change my burden that I wish that it were possible that all that heard the gospel of Jesus Christ would instantly believe and accept Christ as Lord and Savior. Even of those whom the world sees as the most grossly depraved individuals, although I agree that punishment for crimes must be served, I only wish that their soul would be quickened by the Spirit before they leave this mortal world into an eternity of condemnation.

[4] I sometimes ponder the military and those that risk their lives for the protection of others yet do not know the Savior. They serve for the benefit of both Christians and none Christians, yet if they should perish without Christ what benefit is it to them? I wish they would believe.

[5] I sometimes hear a great sermon, or listen to good music and receive a second wind to promote the gospel message and live the Christian life. The emotions although should not, do often play a role in how, why, and when we do things for the cause of Christ. Emotions can be good, but they can be bad. Emotions can cause us to be excited, happy, brave, and ready to perform that which we need to do, but they can also cause us to be depressed, unhappy, fear, and reframe from doing that which needs to be done. And this evolves our lives as a whole and not just Christian witnessing and living.

What motivates you to a desire to do that which is well pleasing in the eyes of God?

4 comments:

Neva said...

Amen.

Peace
Neva

BEAST said...

What motivates me to be an atheist:

1. To search for a better living philosophy that does not sustain itself on fear, prejudice and superstition.

2. To learn more about the facts concerning science, technology and medicine without suffering the perennial fear of being punished from the mere "sin" of "playing god".

3. To view the world not as a plaything of some vengeful deity, but an environment for man to coexist with his fellow evolutionary creatures.


There. Isn't being atheist wonderful?

Oh, by the way, I have completed my reply to your rebuttal in my blog. I would suggest you go through my blog again so that i don't have to keep repeating my points. Thanks.

Beast

Sean said...

By admitting point 1, it is logical to assume that a better philosophy hasn't been found. Can you give a personal example of point 2 in which an individual punished you for such an action. Point 3 is based on your completion of points 1 and 2.

BEAST said...

Sean:

You claim you are a scientist, but yet your comprehension is poor:

..... without suffering the perennial fear of being punished from the mere "sin" of "playing god".

Does this allude to any punishment by any individual?

Read again, you bloody moron. Do not make me insult your thick headed skull again.

John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.