Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
(1 Corinthians 10:31, KJV)
There are a lot of motivational speakers today who speak on all kinds of subjects from losing weight to developing a business. If you're like me, your tendency is to listen, get charged up and start with the plan, whatever it may be, then fall flat in a week or two. When it gets difficult, we may need to revisit our motivation.
For many, the motivation has to do with what others think or perceive. They want to lose weight so they'll look better. Or they want a clean home so others will be impressed. They want that dream job so they can make a lot of money and be considered successful by others. Though these motivations may work for a time, pleasing others will ultimately lead to bondage or just plain giving up.
If we are disciples of Jesus and our chief desire and purpose in life is to please Him, each decision we make should be based upon whether it pleases Him and brings glory to Him. Paul must have anticipated someone saying, "Of course, but Jesus doesn't care about some things like what job I have or my weight." He wrote in his epistle that even our eating and drinking must bring glory to God. Wow!
Whatever your goal, whatever your motivation, revisit it today and think about why you are trying to meet that certain goal. If your motivation is to please God and bring Him glory, you are on the right track and will probably meet your goal. If it is to please others or yourself, you may reach it, but the victory may be shallow compared to what you could have experienced.
May we all seek to honor God by offering our lives as living sacrifices to Him!