As I sit and listened to someone talk a while back I realized something about myself that I believe can be very spiritually revealing. The subject was how someone allowed themselves to be seen a work.
As I pondered this my mind went back to my teenage years. I’m telling you that I could out curse any person I knew at that time, I wasn’t a word, as far as slang was concerned I wouldn’t allow to come out of my mouth. Of course, when I was around my parents or my sisters, maybe at Church or someone that I knew would tell on me if I talked that way; I was as pure as the eind driven snow.
I suppose we could say that fear was the motivating factor that caused me to act differently around these people. I once worked with a man that would go out on the town a little when we would spend the night away from home on our job. Once we were at a Christmas dinner and my wife asked him how I was when we stayed out of town. He looked at me and then explained to her that we simply worked and stayed in the room at night, good boys. He knew, we might call it fear; if he made any kind to derogatory statement towards me, I had the goods on him.
In the situation we were discussing that made me think about this was one of monetary gain. When this person was at work, they were completely well disciplined and very professional but , at home or other places it was almost like Jackal and Hyde.
Can we see ourselves in this scenario? Do we present ourselves differently when we are around certain people for distinct reasons? One place I might point out would be at Church. We act certain ways before certain people to put forth a presentence that is not completely who we are. I did that for a long time in my own life.
I heard a preacher say once that; when we are alone with no one around we can see and learn who we truly are. That might work in some cases; especially if you are a Church member but, there are people that truly show who they are all the time.
In November, 1975 my motivating factor changed. I was born again and I began to be motivated by a desire to please Christ. That one point will make a big difference in how you act when you are alone, around your parents or anyone else.
If our motivation to be a certain way is dictated by monetary gain, popularity or simply prestige then we are motivated by the wrong power. Our lives are worthless without the power of the Holy Spirit that desire to control us and dictate who he desires for us to be. God, once we are born into his family wants to help us die to our selfish flesh and seek to find and do his will.
We never consider this but, that is exactly what Jesus Christ did. He completely yielded his body to the will of the Father. He even made the statement: ( if ye have seen me; ye have seen the Father ). ( John 14:7 ) If ye had known me, ye should have known my father also: and henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
The Apostle Paul put it this way: ( Galatians 2:20 ) I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me,
I, like the Apostle Paul want to have that motovation. I don’t want to live one way in front of Church people, my mom or dad and another when I’m in front of other people. I want to be motivated by the very love I have for Christ and my desire is to live by his faith, the faith of the son of God.
In my life, as in the lives of most people; often we are motovated by the wrong things, that matovation has to be changed. The change has to come from the spirit of God to be made real. Church membership, baptism and how our Church family sees us means nothing in the eyes of God. God sees who we truly are and why we do what we do. One day who you truly are will be revealed by the light of a Holy and Righteous God. Be prepared for that day. Allow the spirit of God to be your true motovation, one day you will be glad you did.