Our Motive for Serving
“And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again,”
2 Corinthians 5:15.
It is quiet, too quiet at my house today and, most likely, at yours as well. The day after Christmas is usually a less exciting day, unless, you are a child with noisy, new toys. What motivates our enthusiasm about Christmas? It is celebrating the birth of Jesus with our loved ones.
Giving to family and friends causes one to search out what he thinks is the best gift, one that will have them filled with gratitude. The gift seldom fulfills one’s expectations or theirs. That is one reason there is such a letdown of emotions the day after Christmas.
The cure for this emotional slide is to remind oneself that it is all about Him. He alone should be the daily motivation for everything one does. December 25 would be like any other day had it not been set aside as the day recognized as the birth of Jesus by Constantine in AD 336. Sadly, however, the glorious birth of the Savior has been turned into nothing more than a commercialized, money-motivated excuse for overspending. This should not be true for Christians.
Our motivation to celebrate Christ’s birth or His death and resurrection should come from the fact that we love Him and want to be an example of His love to others. Then, through our exhibition of His love, they might desire to know Him and His love personally.
God’s great love is the perfect motivation to live for Him today and every day.