What motivates people to do the things they do? We are cautioned in Scripture about judging each other's motives. Motivations for our actions can be so complex that we may be confused ourselves as to what compelled us to do or say something. God who knows all things knows our motivation and the Bible teaches some day we will be judged for it.
In this message we will look at a passage that clearly tells us what should motivate us.
I will also share the testimony of a man whose life was completely changed when he allowed Christ to change His motivation. It not only made all the difference in this sea captain's life, though he died a couple of centuries ago, what he accomplished has affected all of our lives today.
"The more I looked at what Jesus had done on the cross, the more He met my case exactly. I needed someone or something to stand between a righteous God and my sinful self: between a God who must punish sins and blasphemies and myself, who had wallowed in both to the neck. I needed an Almighty Savior who should step in and take my sins away, and I found such a one in the New Testament....I saw that because of the obedience and sufferings of Jesus, God might declare His justice, in punishing my sin, and declare His mercy also, in taking that punishment on Himself on the Cross, so that I might be pardoned." - John Newton