What’s My Motive?

  1. Message: In Luke 6 I wasreading about all of the miracles Jesus was doing under the constant watch of the religious. They were waiting for just one little thing he would do to go against the law. Even if it was a stretch. Jesus was aware of it all and he unapologetically continued the miracles, but did them creatively at times in order to turn it into a lesson. They were missing the point of it all because they didn’t understand that the rules were made to protect and preserve, not to enslave. When Jesus told them he was the Lord of the Sabbath he was reminding them that without him there was no sabbath, and without the sabbath there is no need for rules.
  2. Command: Examine my motives for calling out truth.
  3. Promise: Truth will set people free if its done with a heart of love and a motive to help someone gain freedom.
  4. Warning: Jealousy is a terrible motive!
  5. Application: Once again as I read this I was tempted to put myself on the right side of things, but truthfully, we have all been on the right side of truth, and we have all been like the religious leaders. They were jealous of his power, and of his freedom. His power and ability to teach and lead was a threat to them. They had a system where people looked to them for power and authority, and they were highly honored because of their position, not their influence. They used the law to control people so when Jesus came in he threatened the whole system they had built for themselves. He connected with people, spoke with authority and acted in freedom. Not only could they not compete, but Jesus was teaching them how to depend on God and not on the religious leaders. My challenge to myself is to evaluate my own motives. Am I one who tries to control people by pointing out their wrongs? Or do I truly care about the welfare of people and desire to help them obey God for their own sakes? There are times I have literally prayed this and asked God to show me my own motives. Is my influence a way to gain honor for myself, or do I honestly have their best interest at heart? If I answer this honestly, there is probably a lot of both. There are definitely times that I have been out to prove a point, and there are times when I have privately cried and prayed for someone who was stumbling. I don’t always recognize my motives right away. We deceive ourselves better than we deceive anyone else. My challenge to myself is that I would take time to bring it to God every single time I want to call out someone else. Check my motives and ask God to reveal anything selfish and impure.

2 comments

  1. Ashley Zertuche says:

    This lesson was really good! I appreciate your application to Luke 6! 😉
    Reading Genesis 50 really stood out to me. All this week God is been ministering to me about the story of Joseph and his dreams. Earlier this week I was struggling with dreaming big for my life and it became really stressful and overwhelming for me to think that big. So I had to place the pressure of feeling like I need to make my dreams come true back in Gods hands. I will let him figure that out for my life, I will keep my life simple and just be obedient to doing what he’s called me to do today! Problem solved! Haha

    As I was reading this last chapter about Joseph‘s life. I realized for the first time that Joseph lived to be 110 years old! Wow! I did not realize he lived so long. And then I had to look back at the beginning of his story and realize that he spent 13 years as a slave and prisoner. And then at the age of 30 God fulfilled his dream and promise for his life!
    I realized for the next 70 years of Joseph’s life God gave him an amazing life and he got to live in God’s dream for his life. God is so faithful!
    13 years of hardship and pain compared to 70 years of bliss blows my mind!
    Gods math is not our math! I would’ve been satisfied with 13 years of hardship and 13 years of bliss would’ve been a good even trade! Haha God more than doubled his years of hardship and pain!
    Whatever temporary hardship we are going through right now. Doesn’t compare to what God has in store for us!
    God continues to prove how good he is over and over! I am in awe of Gods goodness! ❤️

    • bspangle says:

      I love this!! I’ve never broken it down to the years like that before but I see in my own life where pain and hardship has prepared me for the promises ahead. I have NO idea what these promises will even look like and neither did Joseph. His dreams were very vague but in order to hold the kind of power God planned for his future he was going to need administration experience, wisdom, tenacity, a whole lot of humility and his integrity was going to need to be proven. He learned all of those skills when he served as a slave and his integrity was well proven. He never asked for any of the power he was given. It seemed that his only desire was to see his family again. God is so faithful that he gave him all of that authority and then in top of it all he gave him 17 years of time to reunite with his father before he died. What a full life!!

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