This weeks five-minute write word is motivate. I have been reading through Daniel and as I read I see everyone is motivated by something different in this story. Nebuchadnezzar was motivated by what? Fame, Power, Control? No he had all these already. He wanted to be worshipped. He wanted the people to see him as god. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego what was their motivation to choose the fire over worshipping a gold statue? Did they want attention? power? fame? Did they think that by defying the earthly king they would have a higher status with the Eternal King? What was their motivation? Were they more afraid of their God than the King? I believe their motivation was their loyalty to their God and his statutes. I believe it was love for him that compelled them to choose the fire over bowing down. What motivated the astrologers to snitch on them? Probably a desire to be seen as greater and better and more worthy than them. Jealousy. I think that was their great motivator. They saw that they were honored and had a higher position than they and they wanted to steal that from them.
So what will motivate me this year? Will my desires for money, fame, attention, or will I be motivated by the love of Christ? I pray that it is love, his love for me and his love in me that motivates me to do all that I do. Whether choosing a movie to watch a book to read an activity to do or work. I pray it is his love that compels and motivates me to do everything I do.