“Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.”
The motivation is love and connection with God. The Apostle Paul also expressed this central motivation well when he wrote the letter to the Philippians towards the end of his life. He said, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain
My Desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.” In other words, his motivation in this life is his love and connection with Jesus and his longing for the life to come is driven by the hope of living in closer connection to the one he loves.
Perhaps one of the clearest expressions of the core motivation for the Christian Life comes from the eighteen century monastic St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite who said, “Fear of torment is the way of a slave, desire for reward in the heavenly Kingdom is the way of a hireling, but God’s way is that of a son, through love.”
May you be “rooted and established in love” may you grow in the ability to “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses all knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19). And may you love God in return and let that love be the motivation of your life.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
The Good News: God offers us comfort when we need it the most. Let yourself be guided by Him because He knows what’s best for you.