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07-13-02, 12:33 AM
This FNS first went out 01-18-02

Well, I'd have to say that this week's FNS is rather timely.
There's a great deal in the news about motivation these days.
I don't just mean because it's the start of the new year and
most people are interested in being motivated to keep to
their new year commitments. More than that, people are
looking to the past, the end of the year 2001 and wondering.
We're all wanting to know where the motivation of a man can
come from that would cause him to lay down his life, and even
take it, in the name of his god, so as to kill those he sees
as his enemy. To us, this kind of steadfast motivation is
powerful and strange. In our society, this kind of thing just
does not occur. Andy, the Outreach Director of Bethel Free
Will Baptist Church in VA keeps a quote on his wall. Now, I
can't remember who spoke the quote but I'll do my best to
share it with you. It says, "Are you willing to do for Christ
what others are willing to do for a lie." Calm down. That
doesn't mean be ready to kill ourselves and others to further
the cause of Christ. What's being asked is whether or not
we're willing to be as dedicated to serving Christ as a
cultist is to his cult. That really a sad questions to have
to ask because we really should be far more ready and
willing. The sad truth is often that our willingness falls
far below that of what it should be. I, myself, have needed
to look and see in my own life how I've not been in touch
with the Lord like I'd like to be or need to be. It's not
that I've gone evil or given up on Christ. The problem for
me, and I'm sure for many of us at times in our walk with
Christ is a lack of motivation. Sometime we just flat out
want to do something else. There does not need to be any
major sin showing in our lives but the disobedience that is
to be found at the root of this lack of motivation can halt
productivity in it's tracks. I know that you may be wondering
how obedience can play a role in motivation. Friend, it has
to be there. There must be some rule, some standard, some
command that a person is willing to obey in order to complete
a task. At the risk of sounding like I'm advocating a works
philosophy, when you're not doing for the Lord or doing less
than you know you ought, you are being disobedient and do not
have the proper motivation. With all of the many things in
our lives today to take away our attention and time, it's
easy to find oneself not shining a brightly as could be. Even
good things can add up to get in our way. Again, there need
not be any flagrant rottenness. Simply, any falling short of
the mark God has set for us is sin. Those Muslims clearly were
following a false cause. Nevertheless, they followed with a
fervent dedication that is often lacking in us. While they
will openly share the lie of their god, we of ten bow to
public pressure and will not so much as acknowledge, by
speech, dress, or action, that we serve the one true God. Who
are we motivated to serve? Let's look together at some truly
righteous motivation. We can all learn a great deal.

KJV 2 Corinthians 4: 8 - 18
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are
perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not
forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing
about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life
also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we
which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake,
that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our
mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in
you. 13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it
is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also
believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing that he which raised
up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall
present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes,
that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of
many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint
not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is
renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but
for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal
weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are
seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things
which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not
seen are eternal.

NLT 2 Corinthians 4: 8 - 18
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not
crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don't give up
and quit. 9 We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We
get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. 10
Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in
the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen
in our bodies. 11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death
because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be
obvious in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of
death, but it has resulted in eternal life for you. 13 But we
continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the
psalmist had when he said, "I believed in God, and so I
speak." 14 We know that the same God who raised our Lord
Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself
along with you. 15 All of these things are for your benefit.
And as God's grace brings more and more people to Christ,
there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more
and more glory. 16 That is why we never give up. Though our
bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17
For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very
long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory
that will last forever! 18 So we don't look at the troubles
we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have
not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but
the joys to come will last forever. I'd just like to ask
you: Who do you serve? Why do you serve? What are you going
to do about it? In these last days, there are Muslims, Jews,
Catholics, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists,
Mormons, Buddhists, and many many others that need to know
the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of these people
hear the name of Christ every day but not about the power of
Eternal Life and assurance He brings. There are even people
on the pews next to us that will die and go to hell just the
same as any cultist or false believer. Share the Christ of
the Bible. Be dedicated. Love those people because they are
headed for an eternity without God.
I'd like you to know that you can have more of an effect than
you may be aware. I'll share with you an example from my
life. Because of my employment circumstance, I wound up
working together with people that I had never met before in my
life. I didn't try to put on any big show or parade around the
fact that I'm a Christian. I simply showed my Christianity ,
which is my faith in Christ as overtly as the others around me
showed their own beliefs. There was one gentleman, Jimmy, who
was outwardly hostile towards God that I began to befriend.
One day another employee, Ashi, had a very large sale pending.
Knowing of my relationship with Christ, Jimmy jokingly told
Ashi that he should have me pray for him. I told him that I
would and the next day I even returned to tell him that I had.
That's when Ashi stunned me. Ashi was from Iran and had grown
up in the thick of Muslim culture. He was so grateful and
energetic because I had prayed for him that he asked me to
read the Bible to him on a regular basis. He told me that he
liked the stories but he had a hard time understanding. After
that every weekday I saw him we would sit down together and go
through the book of Luke. As you can see there was nothing
special that I had done except to be motivated enough to share
who I was. Please know that it is often in the smallest ways
that our obedience to God can have the greatest effects in
others lives. Its a sad shame that we look for the big
showoffs. The smaller we are the greater Christ is in us.
Grace To You,