Category Archives: Motivation

Doing the Right Thing – Motivated by Our New Identity

We come now to our last installment of how believers are motivated to righteous living; because this is who we are.  In our new identity as holy and beloved saints, righteous living is what is expected of us.  It is … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing – Motivated to Communicate the Good News

Another motivator to live righteously is our desire to communicate the gospel message.  As we have all heard many times, our actions can be just as powerful as our words in sharing the truth of the gospel.  So we want … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing – Motivated by Receiving a Blessing

In His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus takes the crowd’s expectations, “You have heard it said…Do not commit murder…Do not commit adultery…Give your wife a certificate of divorce…Keep your vows…An eye for an eye…Love your neighbor and hate your enemy” … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing – Motivated to be a Clean Vessel for Service

Listen to what God says about how we prepare ourselves to be an instrument in His hands.  “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.  Now in a large house there are not only gold and … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing – Motivated by Future Reward

Many times in the gospels, Jesus lifts up the hope of future rewards as a legitimate motivation for good works.  And the reward theme continues in the rest of the New Testament.  Let’s see what Jesus and the apostles had … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing – Motivated by God’s Approval

In I Timothy 2:15 we read, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.”  When God views our “work” – our lifestyle, our choices, … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing – Motivated to be an Example to Others

One of the functions of the body of Christ is the opportunity to encourage and build up each other.  And one of the best ways to do this is through our righteous living and the example it sets.  The theme … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing – Motivated by God’s Reputation

Another motivation to do the right thing is our desire to enhance God’s reputation.  At first glance we may to ask ourselves, “Is it really possible that the Creator of the world, the Sustainer of the world, and the Author … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing – Motivated by Loyalty

Serving God out of loyalty is very similar to serving God out of duty.  Our allegiance to Christ is a great motivator for doing the right thing.  In II Timothy, the apostle Paul develops the idea of a “worthy soldier” … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing – Motivated by Duty

Jesus said, “Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep.  Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?  Would he not rather … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing – Motivated by Love for God

Another motivation for doing the right thing is our desire to show our love for God.  Love is not always something easily explained or measured.  It is not always easy to measure how deep and unconditional our love can go.  … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing – Motivated by Gratitude to God

God has given new covenant believers many positive motivations for doing the right thing. One of these is obeying God out of a sense of gratitude, walking in a worthy manner out of thanksgiving to God.  Being thankful for God’s … Continue reading

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Do the Right Thing

What motivates new covenant believers to do the right thing?  That is, without the fear of the Law, what causes us to walk the straight and narrow?  What motivates us to fly right?  Can the same grace that secured our … Continue reading

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