What motivates you to get up each day and work your business? Everyone has their reason WHY that is their driving force. For some, it is pride in a job well done. For others, it’s money, for yet others, it’s love of family. Here’s another question: whom are you seeking to glorify in your business? For the believer, there’s a line to toe so we make sure that what we are doing brings glory to God instead of to ourselves. So, what’s your motive in business?
Motive means a reason for doing something, and motivation means a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way. Doing something focuses on one specific act, whereas acting or behaving in a particular way focuses on a more general pattern of action or behavior. (From www.grammarly.com)
Why Do You Do What You Do?
“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” Romans 8:5 NIV
We have a choice every day how we are going to live.
“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” Romans 8:6-9 NIV
The Believer’s Dilemma
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Romans 7:15 NIV
Our “default” setting is the old man nature. We will automatically operate that way UNLESS we make a conscious decision to be led by the spirit.
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” Romans 8:14 NIV
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 KJV
If we choose God’s way, He will help us and strengthen us to do it. If we choose the way of the world, God can’t help us until we again go to Him for help.
“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:7 KJV
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 KJV
So, what’s your motive?