By Gareth Bowley
What motivation is there for godliness if I am truly saved by grace through faith? Or put another way, if it’s not fear of punishment by God that motivates and if it’s not insecurity about have to do enough to somehow please God enough for Him to welcome me into heaven that motivates – what then does motivate you to live a godly life?
I believe that there are many motivations for godliness and those same motivations have the secondary impact of helping us to grow in the assurance of our salvation and the promise too of gaining rewards that last for eternity!
Two words which I am living to hear are my Father’s words; “Well done!”
The prospect of those words motivates me. I love God because of who He is and what He has done for me in saving me, giving me new life, adopting me as His child, giving me a secure identity, belonging & purpose but now out of love for Him I am motivated to live in such a way that will result in my hearing these words as an assessment of my short life on this earth.
In addition to this verbal affirmation from the Father, there is the promise of joining in the joy of the Father forever and ever.
‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matthew 25:23)
May this blog encourage and inspire others to live for those words from the Father too.