Intention is the heartbeat of the Christian life. Our motive in serving Christ is equally, if not more so, important than the actual service. It is possible for the unregenerate man to perform the same duties and operate in the same fashion as the saved. It is also possible for the backslidden individual to so calibrate his life that he runs at the same speed with the zealous. The difference, however, in their service is motivation. What is the intention, the aim, the overarching drive behind the service? When you discover that answer you will discover the degree of spirituality in the individual.
William Gurnall said it like this, “Outward obedience to the law is a road where Jews, Christians, and heathens may be found walking along together. How can we distinguish the Christian from these others?” He follows his question with this answer, “The motive and goal make all the difference.”
I can perform the responsibilities of love to my family, but if my responsibilities are not compelled and moved by love itself then my service is robotic and mechanical. I can fulfill my assignments as a minister out of sheer obligation to my title, but if I do it without the right motive I am of sounding brass. The same is true in your relationship with Christ. What is your motivation in serving Him?
Daily Reading: Acts 27-28
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