We are all driven by something. These days, greed, power or even jealousy are unfortunately at the top of the list. While our faith should be the driving force in our lives, our love for the Lord often takes a back seat to temptation.
A minister of God, I am blessed to be surrounded by godly folks. By making myself available as a pastor, I am also at the mercy of evil doers and target of numerous spiritual attacks. Very much like you, I am tempted by Satan and watched by God. Each challenge brought on by evil is judged by the Lord. The sum of our challenges eventually sculpts our lives much like connecting dots in a drawing.
My question to you is: What will your drawing look like? Basically, what drives your life?
I urge you to be careful and not let greed be your guide. Though a life coated with financial wealth can seem sweet, it may also be your demise.
Mark, Luke and Matthew all write “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:25)
Does this mean we should stop seeking wealth? In essence, yes it does. We are commended to serve God using all that He’s blessed us with. Serving God necessarily involves putting greed aside for greed and God are like oil and water.
God’s word is clear on the issue of serving two masters: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
What is worse is that most rich people are clueless as to how little they’re worth to God. Again, the bible reads “One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.” (Proverbs 13:7)
Therefor you must be certain you are serving only one God, the true king of kings. In doing this, you are promised peace of heart and pure joy that can only originate from the holy spirit living within you. “Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3)
With perfect peace comes the drive to do more- To serve more! While it is possible for a true servant of God to gain financial wealth on earth, it cannot be the reason for one’s service. No one will enter God’s kingdom after serving Satan through greed. Similarly, none will receive God’s blessings who let envy, anger, materialism or power drive their lives.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
I invite you to fill your heart with love and your mind with a purpose to serve the Lord. Failure to do this will result in a great big waste of life. “I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.” (Isaiah 49:4)
But how can someone change what drives them? A most effective way to purify your driving force is to obey God’s commands and get into His word. Read the bible daily and let His truth become yours. Next, become accountable to someone already living a life of service, sharing the details of your walk and new found drive. As you grow within God’s family, you are promised to reap rewards beyond this life.
What is most important is that you find out the driving force in your life TODAY! Ignoring the scripture in this message is ignoring God himself. “Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep.” (Romans 13:11)
Not sure what to do? Do not fear or worry, you can call on us for answers to the most difficult questions. We’re here to help you readjust your compass. Let’s start with a prayer…
We thank you for this day and for all that surrounds us,
We praise you father for all that came before us
All that is, and that will be.
Lord we thank you for looking after us
And guiding us each day,
Leading us to be more like you
Spreading love and faithfulness throughout.
We pray you will continue to bless our lives
And we ask that you strengthen us when tempted
By sinful addictions, habits or ungodly ways.
Father we ask you to become the driving force in our lives
Giving us purpose, joy and perfect peace,
As promised in your word the bible.
Thank you lord father for your ever growing splendor.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre