The following is one of the most quoted passages in the bible:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
However, it also one of the most misquoted, mistransliterated, misused and misunderstood passages also. We do not have the space here to rightly divide this verse in its entirety, but we do want to draw from it a most profound thought and that is, “What is the Motive.”
I want to appeal to you tonight, on the behalf of God Almighty and in doing so I first want to draw your attention to the title of this article and also the last statement in the previous paragraph. Notice the title is a “question,” and that last statement is not. Why? Well, it’s simple really. The question is to you, the reader. As a matter of fact, it is also to any born again believer, but for now, just you. The statement, however is regarding God. You see, I have no idea of why you attend church, why you read your bible, why you pray, why you chose to do the things you consider Christian, but I do know why God sent His Son, His only “BEGOTTEN” Son………..YOU!
You see, God’s motive is clear. Is yours?
A few questions, if I may:
– Why did you choose the church you attend (if you’re attending)?
– If you left, why?
– Why do you read your bible?
– If not, why?
– Why do you pray?
– If not why?
These questions are seemingly basic, yet they carry a great amount of weight, do they not?
God needed, nor does He need any other motive to justify why He sent His Son, His precious, sinless, perfect, incredible Son to die for you. You were enough! You, who had nothing to offer, nothing to give and absolutely no worth to trade for. Please don’t take this personal, but in comparison to Jesus Christ (BEFORE you were saved) what did you have that God needed or wanted??? Did you have land? Possessions? Money? Gold? What could prompt God to trade His Son’s life for yours? What about you did God want so badly? I’ll tell what it was…your soul! Note the following:
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
God’s motive is clear and it is not selfish…at all. God’s desire was to redeem His creation from the sin that Adam and Eve had committed. That’s not all though, because even less selfishly, God desires for humanity to know peace, joy and love. God’s desires for you and I to “find” our life. He is not content with humanity wandering aimlessly throughout the world, not knowing why they are here or why they were created. He has a plan and desires you and I to fulfill our purpose.
His motive is clear…is yours?
Tell me please, if you’re aren’t in church right now, why did you stop? Were you faithful at one time? Did you not enjoy the services, the preaching, the singing or the fellowship of other believers? Are you thinking of a person right now? Maybe a group of people? If so, what did they do? How did they act? Is that the reason for your leaving? Let me ask a very serious and personal question, “Are you sure your motive was God?” Before you answer consider why you started and then consider why you left? The same goes for your bible reading and your prayer life. Someone most likely is thinking, “But you do not understand my circumstances.” I would have to reply, “Probably more than you think, however I don’t have to understand, because God does.” Then I would have to reply, “Why is He being punished and neglected for something He didn’t do? Did that not happen at the cross already?”
It has always baffled me when people stand in a public assembly and testify of their love for Christ, only to bail out when trouble comes. My constant question is, “Why were they there in the first place?” God was willing to reconcile with sinners, so why aren’t saints willing to reconcile with other saints? Did you just say or think, “Because they hurt me?” What about Christ? Stephen said (as he was being stoned), “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge,” now that was a Christian. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Jesus taught the disciples, “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.” If your motive was God, then when did it change? When did a person become more powerful than God, in your life?
Why supply these passages? It’s simple. These state the actions of Christ and His Christian, Stephen. That man was a Christian, not because he was a deacon or because he went to a church, no. He was a Christian, because he followed the example of Christ. So I say again and I ask again….
His motive is clear…is yours?
If you’re out of church, whether or not you return to that same church is really of no consequence, but to remain out period is detrimental to your fellowship with God and your spirit. I must say, sadly the reason some remain out is that they are like Jonah. They know what God expects of them and what He will do. Don’t be Jonah.
I saw a church sign the other day and I’ll conclude with it, “Come home, God’s not mad.”
In His service,
2 Corinthians 12:9