THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Theme: Grow Up
Topic: The Motivation to Grow
1 Corinthians 13:8-11; Ephesians 4:10-16
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Just as there are temptations which hinder many people from growing beyond their present state (refer to yesterday's devotional), there also are desires that can serve as motivation to cause one to want to grow. As a matter of fact, any temptation that has the tendency to make us remain children, can be turned around to be a motivation to grow up.
The motivation to grow up is based on the passion to be entrusted with responsibility, rather than just being an ordinary member of the society, church, or office. The writer of Hebrews lamented a situation where the believers still needed to be taught the basics, when they should have matured to be teachers of the Word (Hebrews 5:12). When Timothy was matured enough, he was assigned the responsibility of training faithful men and passing on the Gospel to them, so they also can teach others (2 Timothy 2:1-2).
The motivation to grow is also based on the determination to receive deserved rewards and merits. Believers should look forward to the rewards of their labour - the work of their hands, and their sacrifices which will be blessed by God. The deserved reward will motivate us to keep pushing. Apostle Paul said he presses on towards the things that are before, forgetting those that are behind (Philippians 3:13-14). It is my prayer that through thick and thin, you will be motivated to keep growing.
1. Pray and ask the Holy Ghost to kindle a passion in you to grow beyond where you are.
2. Pray also against motivation killers" like complacency. that you will not be satisfied with your present state of growth.
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