Is your motivation to fall in love with the King of the universe who has set aside his own glory in order for you to be with him? Are you primping yourself, keeping yourself for him and him alone and spending your time knowing who he is and what he is all about? Are you keeping yourself according to the word that he provided you?
Or are you trying to prove your worth and your value by telling everyone about Jesus and what he did for them, pimping the goods, selling salvation, convincing others of what they need?
While the first sounds like a selfish thing to do, the second is in fact. You see the first knows who they are and who’s they are, from it others will have natural questions about who their love is and will want to know him too. Real love, real depth. The other relationship is more like a used car salesman. They simply don’t know much about the Savior they are trying to sell.
Motivation intertwined with obedience is the key to success. Motivation alone only provides energy but obedience is the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is the third person of the God head that leads us and guides us. He leads us into all truth, there is no other way, for example the disciples were fishing one day after Jesus had ascended into heaven John 21. They were fishing all night and caught absolutely nothing, they used every idea and trick they had in their own power to fulfill their mission that night with no success. Low and behold Jesus, unknown to them at the time, standing on the shore, tells them to cast their nets on the other side of the ship. They do and they can hardly contain the catch in both of their boats. It’s not just motivation that equals success, but Motivation tempered by obedience. Its when we are motivated to move by the restraint of the Holy Spirit that we can see success.
It is better to primp yourself waiting for direction, having natural beauty that attracts others because of he who lives in you than it is to pimp the goods without direction. Does that mean we don’t step out in faith? Of course not, but our motives need to be pure and we need to make sure we seek Gods face as we do step out. It’s only when we hear from Him that we can know what we are doing is in obedience.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you;
Depart from me you workers of iniquity