Life can get super busy and when the stress of life hits home it is easy to temporarily forget what motivates you. Between the burn out and the never ending demands on you, it seems easier to avoid asking yourself the hard questions.
- Why do you do what you do?
- What drives you?
- What is your motivation?
Is it for the approval of men, so that you can get a pat on the back and some praise here and there? Or is it for the approval of God,who may not give you an evident ’round of applause’ or show you the full picture and may keep changing the brief to get you out of your comfort zone?
What motivates you determines the path that you take.
If you feel you have veered off course, it is time to check what is currently motivating you.
Paul knew what motivated him and why he did the things he did. He knew that because He was trying to please God he could not twist the gospel to become something else. (Galatians 1:6-10)
Galatians 1:10 NIV
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of God.
If the approval of men is what drives you then you may miss the mark. Reason being, you will always have to alter your course to ensure that you remain within their set parameters. The voices of men will influence you and you will always seek their opinions. You will consider what they think of you before you act and their ‘conventional labels’ may make you afraid to step out in a direction that opposes what they advocate for.
A servant on the other hand, serves at the pleasure of his master.
This means that everything the servant does is to bring pleasure to His master, though he may not understand.
A life fully yielded to Christ as Lord means that sometimes He may ask you to do seemingly outrageous things that do not quite adhere to social ‘norms’. For some it may be that He asks you to leave your well-paying, high-flying job to do something that is not quite considered ‘work’ by society. This is based on the limited monetary returns of the work. However, at the end of the day, you’ll find that if you seek Him first He will add all the other things to you. Granted, they may not all come at the ‘ideal’ time based on human timelines but they will come in His time.
Remaining a servant of God takes a daily renewal of the mind. You have to keep reminding yourself that God is the master of your life and understand that only HE can truly satisfy you.
May God give you the courage and boldness that it takes to always be His servant, to live a life worthy of praise from God. The truth is that men may not understand your path but neither do they understand the calling that you received. They may raise their voices regarding your path of choice but at the end of the day you serve an audience of ONE. His praise is the one you desire.