What is the proper motivation:
…to sponsor a child in Haiti?
…to keep foster kids?
…to volunteer at the Hope Center?
…to share your faith with others?
In a previous post, I shared that our #1 motive for serving God is out of love for Him. You can read it here. A second motivation for ministry is a love for people.
Jesus said in Matthew 9:36-38,
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Jesus saw the crowds with spiritual eyes. He did not judge them by outward appearance but could see the condition of their souls. He saw them as LOST, spiritually lost…”sheep without a shepherd.” I pray that we can see people as Jesus does. The word “compassion” means that Jesus was moved to action. It does not mean that we simply feel sorry for someone. God wants us to do something about it.
The harvest is plentiful…there are billions of LOST people who do not know Jesus. In fact, let me be blunt. We are surrounded by people, millions of people in the Atlanta area, who are dying and going to HELL. Do we care? Seriously, LOST sheep drive and walk by us every day. We work, play, and live on the same street with people who are spiritually “harassed and helpless.”
A 2nd proper motivation for ministry is a love for people. It is the back half of the Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31). We are to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. Who is our neighbor? That’s a whole nutha post/sermon.
Do you have a burden for the lost? Do you have compassion for “the least of these?” Are you motivated to serve God because you genuinely love people?