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What Motivates a Christian?

Ever noticed how it’s often the person who has the stiffest moral laws for himself and tries to motivate others in the same way often winds up falling into deep sin? This is a fulfillment of God’s Word for “the power of sin is the law” (1 Cor. 15:56). Law is the gasoline which fuels sin’s flame!

God’s moral law will never change. This is the law He has “written on the heart and mind” of every new man in Christ (Ezek. 36:26-27). But His judicial, ceremonial law has been satisfied to “the last jot and tittle” through Jesus’ sacrificial death and has been eliminated (Eph. 2:15).

We sometimes hear well-meaning voices attempting to motivate us to good works through law and guilt. The underlying idea seems to be that Christians are untrustworthy people whose hearts are “desperately wicked.” That type of motivation rarely ever works in the long run. We Christians are motivated by our love, not by law. We do not have to gather regularly for worship, celebration and praise with the saints; we desire, indeed we long for this. We don’t have to read God’s Word; we hunger for Him and His Word. Our wicked heart is not wicked anymore. We’ve had heart surgery!

Andy Knight

About the Author

Andy is the user interface designer for YouVersion, the Bible App. He has a passion for sharing God's story of grace and freedom through the internet. Andy lives in Roswell, GA, with his wife and three sons. You can follow him on Twitter at @andyknight.