Why do you do what you do?
Our work or school, for example: WHY do you do it? Is it just to get a paycheck or a report card? If so, what is the eventual goal–a car? A house? A good job?
IF you have motivation, you can go places!
If you don’t, you won’t.
If you don’t have motivation–a ‘Why’–then you’ll never do your ‘What’ very well at all. You’ll simply go through the motions, and the end product–the job you do, the grades you get, etc.–will reflect that.
For Christ followers, there is a WHY inherent in every What.
The ‘What’ is that which God calls us to do–through His Word (the Bible), and through the leading of the Holy Spirit.
However, if all we know or focus on is the ‘What’–obeying, forgiving, sharing, etc.–without knowing the ‘Why’, then we’ll simply be ‘going through the motions’. In that case, we’ll look very ‘religious’, but not very ‘Alive’.
So…what is the Why?
Why is it that God calls us to do these things? Why does He call us to pray to Him, to read His Word, to serve others, to be generous? Why?
Because He loves us, and knows what is best for us. He knows that, as we get closer to Him, our lives begin to orient around Himself, and then our lives get better–not without challenges, but more ‘God-centered’. When then happens, then we begin to experience the promise of John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.”
WHY does He want us to experience ‘Life to the full’?
Because He loves us.
Why, then, should we obey, pray, serve, give, etc?
Because we love Him, and willingly desire His work within us to make us more like Jesus. “…And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
The question is, WHY does it matter?
It matters because God knows us, God loves us, and God wants the best for us.
But it also ‘matters’, because He is GOD, and He deserves our worship, our obedience, our service, our praise. He is worthy to receive all of that–even more than we understand.
He is perfect, holy, loving, and gracious. He is righteous, powerful, sovereign and wise.
…consequently, that absolute Best, most sensible, most logical thing we can do is to worship and serve our Creator.
It also happens to have the added bonus of being the most fulfilling thing we can do.
God has ‘wired’ us so that we are most fulfilled as we turn to Him in faith, and allow Him to fill and guide us. This is helpful, because we are in desperate need of Him.
He loves us so much that He made a way.
A Way for us to be forgiven; A Way for us to know Him; a Way for us to give Him glory; a Way for us to share Him with others.
Jesus said “I Am the Way, the Truth and The Life; no one comes to the Father except by me.” (John 14:6)
Why’d God send Him?
Why does He want us to follow Him?
Why does He want us to share Him with others?
LOVE is the ‘Why’ behind the ‘What’!
So…if you’re a Christian, and your faith and the focus of your life seems bland, uninspired, or apathetic, maybe it’s because you’ve lost your ‘Why’.
Delve into God’s love for you more.
Ask Him to help you Love Him more.
Ask Him to help you Love others more.